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Virginia Physical Therapy Assistants
What are PTAs allowed to do?
A physical therapist assistant may assist the physical therapist in performing selected components of physical therapy intervention to include treatment, measurement and data collection, but not to include the performance of an evaluation.
What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating to a PTA?
The physical therapist assistant's first visit with the patient shall only be made after verbal or written communication with the physical therapist regarding patient status and plan of care. Documentation of such communication shall be made in the patient's record.
What type of therapist supervision is required?
A physical therapist assistant’s visits to a patient may be made under general supervision.
When does a therapist need to reassess the patient?
The physical therapist shall reevaluate the patient as needed, but not less than according to the following schedules:
18 VAC 112-20-90
18 VAC 112-20-120