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Washington Physical Therapy Assistants
Physical Therapy Assistants
Definition of a PTA
"Physical therapist assistant" means a person who meets all the requirements of this chapter and is licensed as a physical therapist assistant and who performs physical therapy procedures and related tasks that have been selected and delegated only by the supervising physical therapist.
What activities are expressly prohibited?
A physical therapist may not delegate sharp debridement to a physical therapist assistant.
What type of therapist supervision is required?
Physical therapist assistants may function under direct or indirect supervision
"Direct supervision" means the supervisor must:
"Indirect supervision" means the supervisor is not on the premises, but has given either written or oral instructions for treatment of the patient and the patient has been examined by the physical therapist at such time as acceptable health care practice requires and consistent with the particular delegated health care task.
What is the ratio between supervising PTs and PTAs?
The physical therapist may supervise a total of two assistive personnel at any one time.
Supervision requires that the patient reevaluation is performed:
"Patient reevaluation" means the licensed physical therapist must physically observe and interview the patient.