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New Jersey PT Aides

What can an aide do?

Routine tasks relating to:

    • The cleanliness and maintenance of equipment and the physical plant; and
    • The management of the business aspects of the practice, including scheduling appointments and filling out insurance forms.

Such other assignments with respect to patient care as may be specifically made by the licensed physical therapist, including:

    • Transporting the patient;
    • Positioning of the patient; and
    • Assisting with the undressing and dressing of the patient.

What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?

A PT shall not authorize or permit an unlicensed person to engage in the following activities:

    • Advise, teach, or instruct patients concerning their condition or disability;
    • Carry out testing or evaluation procedures;
    • Make any notations in documents regarding patient care or clinical treatment, which is not permitted above;
    • Place or remove electrodes of any kind on the skin;
    • Administer, apply, or remove any modalities;
    • Instruct, perform, oversee, or supervise therapeutic exercise(s) and/ or therapeutic activity(s); and
    • Provide therapeutic massage.

What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating to an aide?

When providing direct supervision, a supervising PT shall be in the same building or, where physical therapy is rendered in several contiguous buildings, in one of the contiguous buildings, while the licensed physical therapist assistant is rendering care. The supervising PT shall be constantly available through electronic communications for consultation or for recall to the area where the PTA or aide is rendering care.

What type of supervision is required?

Direct supervision.

Reference

N.J. Rev. Stat. § 45:9-37.34a

N.J.A.C. § 13:39A-2.4


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