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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:

    • For inpatients in hospitals, it shall be not less than once every seven (7) consecutive days.
    • For patients in other settings, it shall be not less than one of twelve (12) visits made to the patient during a thirty (30) day period, or once every thirty (30) days from the last reevaluation, whichever occurs first.
    • For patients who have been receiving physical therapy care for the same condition or injury for six (6) months or longer, it shall be at least every ninety (90) days from the last reevaluation.

Citations

18 VAC 112-20-90

18 VAC 112-20-120

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