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Tennessee PT Assistants

Definition of a PTA

Any person who has met the qualifications for licensed physical therapist assistant and holds a current, unsuspended and unrevoked license that has been lawfully issued by the board. PTAs perform physical therapy procedures and related tasks that have been selected and delegated only by the supervising physical therapist.

What type of therapist supervision is required?

The supervising licensed physical therapist must be available to communicate by telephone or other means whenever the physical therapist assistant is delivering services.

The licensed physical therapist may not supervise a physical therapist assistant that is delivering services at a site further than sixty (60) miles or one (1) hour from the licensed physical therapist.

Required Reassessments

The licensed physical therapist shall perform and document re-evaluations, assessments, and modifications in the treatment plan at least every thirty (30) days. For patients seen longer than sixty (60) days, the licensed physical therapist shall inspect the actual act of therapy services rendered at least every sixty (60) days.

What is the ratio between supervising PTs and PTAs?

A physical therapist may concurrently supervise no more than the equivalent of three (3) full-time physical therapist assistants. A physical therapist may concurrently supervise no more than the equivalent of two (2) full-time assistive personnel or physical therapy aides. A physical therapist assistant may concurrently supervise no more than the equivalent of two (2) full-time physical therapy aides.

Citations

Tenn. Code Ann. ยง 63-13-103

Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1150-01-.01

Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs.  1150-01-.02

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