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Ohio Physical Therapy Students

"Student physical therapist" means a student enrolled in an accredited or candidacy status entry level physical therapist education program who is completing a required clinical education course. Effective January 1, 2020, a student physical therapist shall be at least eighteen years old.

"Student physical therapist assistant" means a student enrolled in an accredited or candidacy status entry level physical therapist assistant education program who is completing a required clinical education course. Effective January 1, 2020, a student physical therapist assistant shall be at least eighteen years old.

Can students practice in a clinical setting?

Yes.

What kind of supervision is required for student PTs and PTAs?

Supervision of the student physical therapist.

    • A student physical therapist may only be supervised by a licensed physical therapist.
    • A student physical therapist shall be at least eighteen years old.
    • The supervising physical therapist is required to be on-site and available to immediately respond to the needs of the patient whenever the student physical therapist is performing patient examinations, evaluations, and interventions.

Supervision of the student physical therapist assistant.

    • A student physical therapist assistant may only be supervised by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.
    • A student physical therapist assistant shall be at least eighteen years old.
    • The supervising physical therapist or supervising physical therapist assistant is required to be on-site and available to immediately respond to the needs of the patient whenever the student physical therapist assistant is performing patient interventions.

Documentation – Cosignatures 

All documentation by student physical therapists and student physical therapist assistants shall be cosigned by the supervising physical therapist.

Identification of Students

All student physical therapists shall use one of the following to indicate student status:

    • Student physical therapist;
    • Student PT; or
    • SPT.

All student physical therapist assistants shall use one of the following to indicate student status:

    • Student physical therapist assistant;
    • Student PTA; or
    • SPTA.

Reference

Ohio Admin. Code §4755-27-01

Ohio Admin. Code§ 4755-27-07


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