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New York PT Aides
You may not delegate to an unlicensed person any tasks included in the scope of practice of physical therapy, even under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. It is unprofessional conduct for a licensee to delegate professional responsibilities when the delegating licensee knows that such a person is not qualified by licensure to perform such responsibilities.
What can an aide do?
Unlicensed individuals may perform tasks such as answering phones, preparing paperwork, cleaning equipment, and assisting patients to prepare for treatment. An unlicensed assistant may observe patients performing self-directed exercise protocols, but the licensed physical therapist must evaluate or treat the patient during each session.
Unlicensed persons may act as an extra set of hands for the physical therapist or physical therapist assistant who is actually providing treatment.
What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?
Aides may not: interpret referrals; perform evaluation procedures; initiate, adjust, or perform treatment programs; or assume responsibilities for planning patient care. The professional judgment of the physical therapist determines what constitutes treatment and the activities that, therefore, may and may not be performed by the unlicensed person.
NY PT Board Practice Guideline 7