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Virginia PT Aides
What is the definition of an aide?
"Support personnel" means a person who is performing designated routine tasks related to physical therapy under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant within the scope of this chapter.
What can an aide do?
Support personnel shall only perform routine assigned tasks under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist or a licensed physical therapist assistant, who shall only assign those tasks or activities that are nondiscretionary and do not require the exercise of professional judgment.
The tasks assigned must be non- discretionary and can not require the exercise of professional judgment. If the tasks assigned in the plan of care are to be carried out in such a manner or at a location in which direct supervision from the PT/PTA is not possible.
What type of supervision is required?
"Direct supervision" means a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant is physically present and immediately available and is fully responsible for the physical therapy tasks or activities being performed.
18 VAC 112-20-10
18 VAC 112-20-100
Board of Physical Therapy Guidance Doc: 112-15