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New York PT/PTA Students

Exemption for PT Students

A physical therapy student from engaging in clinical practice under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist as part of a program conducted in an approved school of physical therapy or in a clinical facility or health care agency affiliated with the school of physical therapy and supervision of a physical therapy student by a licensed physical therapist shall be on-site supervision and not necessarily direct personal supervision;

Exemption for PTA Students

A physical therapist assistant student may engage in clinical assistance under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist as part of a program conducted in an approved program for physical therapist assistants or in a clinical facility or health care agency affiliated with the program for physical therapist assistants.

Supervision of a physical therapist assistant student by a licensed physical therapist shall be on-site supervision and not necessarily direct personal supervision.

What type of supervision is required for a student?

Students fulfilling the clinical portion of a physical therapy or physical therapist assistant education program must be under the on-site but not necessarily direct, personal supervision of a licensed physical therapist. 

Supervision of a PTA student must be by a licensed physical therapist. It must be on-site supervision, but not necessarily direct, personal supervision. A PTA may act as a Clinical Instructor for the PTA student. However, overall responsibility for the supervision of the PTA student rests with the PT.

Citations

N.Y. EDN Law 136 ยง 6736

NY PT Board Practice Guideline 7

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