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Texas Physical Therapy Assistants
"Physical therapist assistant" means a person licensed by the board as a physical therapist assistant:
Which services are PTAs allowed to practice?
A PTA may be assigned responsibilities by a supervising PT to:
Can a PTA screen patients?
Yes. PTAs may screen patients designated by a PT as possible candidates for physical therapy services. Screening entails the collection of uniform information from all patients screened using a predetermined, standardized format. The information collected is delivered to the supervising PT. Only a PT may determine whether further intervention for patients screened is necessary.
Can a PTA modify the plan of care?
A PTA may not alter a plan of care or goals, however a PTA, may modify treatment techniques as indicated in the plan of care.
Are there specific services that PTAs are prohibited from practicing?
The PTA may not:
What type of supervision is required?
A supervising PT is responsible for and will participate in the patient's care.
A supervising PT must be on call and readily available when physical therapy services are being provided.
A PT may assign responsibilities to a PTA to provide physical therapy services, based on the PTA's training, that are within the scope of activities.
The supervising PT must hold documented conferences with the PTA regarding the patient. The PT is responsible for determining the frequency of the conferences consistent with accepted standards of practice.
What are the assistant’s documentation responsibilities?
The PTA must include the name of the supervising PT in his documentation of each
Does the supervising physical therapist need to co-sign documentation created by the PTA?
No. The PTA must include the name of the supervising PT in his documentation of each treatment session
What is the ratio between supervising PTs and PTAs?
It is the responsibility of each PT and/or PTA to determine the number of PTAs and/or aides he or she can supervise safely.
Required designation for assistants
A licensed physical therapist assistant shall use the title physical therapist assistant or the initials PTA.
Tex. Occ. Code § 453.001
3 Tex. Admin. Code § 322.1
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3 Tex. Admin. Code § 322.3
3 Tex. Admin. Code § 335.1