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Wisconsin PT Assistants
Definition of a PTA
A physical therapist assistant may assist a physical therapist in the practice of physical therapy if the physical therapist provides direct or general supervision of the physical therapist assistant.
What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating to a PTA?
In providing general supervision, the physical therapist shall do all of the following:
Provide on−site assessment and reevaluation of each patient’s treatment at a minimum of one time per calendar month or every tenth treatment day, whichever is sooner, and adjust the treatment plan as appropriate.
What type of therapist supervision is required?
“General supervision” means direct, on−premises contact between a supervisor, and a physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, student or temporary licensee being supervised, as necessary. Between direct contacts, a supervisor is required to maintain indirect, off−premises telecommunication contact such that the person being supervised can, within 24 hours, establish direct telecommunication with a supervisor.
What is the ratio between supervising PTs and PTAs?
No physical therapist may at any time supervise more than two (2) physical therapist assistants full−time equivalents practicing under general supervision.
Wis. Stat. 448.56
Wis. Admin. Code Trans. PT 5.01