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Ohio Physical Therapy Aides

"Unlicensed personnel" means any person who is on the job trained and supports the delivery of physical therapy services by personally assisting the physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, student physical therapist and/or student physical therapist assistant while the physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, student physical therapist, and/or student physical therapist assistant is concurrently providing services to the same patient.

What can an aide do?

The unlicensed personnel may be assigned routine duties that assist in the delivery of physical therapy care and operations, such as:

    • Maintenance and care of equipment and supplies;
    • Preparation, maintenance, and cleaning of treatment areas;
    • Transportation of patients;
    • Office and clerical functions;
    • Assisting patients preparing for, during, and at the conclusion of treatment (such as changing clothes, assisting during transfer, and altering position during treatment);
    • Personally assisting the physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, student physical therapist, and/or student physical therapist assistant while the physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, student physical therapist, and/or student physical therapist assistant is concurrently providing services to the same patient.

What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?

Any services that require the training and expertise of a PT or PTA.

What type of supervision is required?

Direct supervision from the supervising physical therapist or supervising physical therapist assistant is required whenever the other licensed personnel is performing patient interventions.

"Direct supervision" means the physical therapist or physical therapist assistant is in the same building and available to immediately respond to the needs of the patient. The physical therapist or physical therapist assistant shall have direct contact with the patient during each visit

What is the ratio between supervising PTs and aides?

N/A

Required designation for aides

Not stated in the rules.  Aides should be clearly designated as "aides" so that it is clear to patients. 

Reference

Ohio Admin. Code §4755-27-01

Ohio Admin. Code §4755-27-03


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