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Texas Physical Therapy Assistants
What services are PTAs allowed to perform?
A PTA may be assigned responsibilities by a supervising PT to:
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.
Are there specific services that PTAs are prohibited from practicing?
The PTA may not:
What type of supervision is required?
A PTA may provide physical therapy services only under the supervision of a PT.
Does the supervising physical therapist need to co-sign documentation created by the PTA?
The PTA must include the name of the supervising PT in his documentation of each treatment session.
Is a reevaluation or reassessment required?
Provision of physical therapy treatment by a PTA or an aide may not continue if the PT has not performed a reevaluation:
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. No other titles or initials are conferred by a license from this board.
Tex. Occ. Code § 453.001
22 Tex. Admin. Code §322.1
22 Tex. Admin. Code §322.2
22 Tex. Admin. Code §322.3
22 Tex. Admin. Code §335.1