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PHYSICAL THERAPIST LICENSING BOARD

 

DIVISION 15

PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS

848-015-0010

Definitions

(1) Under ORS 688.010(4), a physical therapist assistant is defined as a person who assists a physical therapist in the administration of physical therapy. The physical therapist assistant's function is to assist the physical therapist in patient-related activities and to perform delegated procedures that are commensurate with the physical therapist assistant's education, training, experience, and skill.

(2) "Supervising physical therapist" means either the last physical therapist to see the patient, or the physical therapist designated as in charge of the patient on the day the patient is being treated.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 688.160 & 688.055
Stats. Implemented: ORS 688.020, 688.040, 688.055, 688.070, 688.080 & 688.090
Hist.: PTLB 3-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-04; PTLB 5-2005, f. 12-29-05, cert. ef. 1-1-06; PTLB 1-2007, f. 3-13-07, cert. ef. 4-1-07

848-015-0020

Scope of Practice

(1) For purposes of the provision of physical therapy services, a physical therapist assistant shall practice solely under the clinical supervision and direction of a physical therapist.

(2) A physical therapist assistant may provide physical therapy treatment only when a supervising physical therapist is available. As used in this rule "available" means that at all times a supervising physical therapist is readily accessible for consultation with the assistant, either in person or by means of telecommunications.

(3) A physical therapist assistant may provide physical therapy treatment only after a physical therapist has performed an initial evaluation and prepared a plan of care.

(4) A physical therapist assistant may prepare a final summary of a patient's physical therapy status upon discharge as provided in OAR 848-040-0165.

(5) A physical therapist assistant shall practice in compliance with the standards set out in Division 40 of these rules.

(6) If authorized by a supervising physical therapist, a physical therapist assistant may provide limited services to a student in a school setting for up to 10 school days after the date when a reassessment is required to be performed under OAR 848-0040-0155(2)(b) or (c). The services that may be provided under this paragraph are limited to coordinating with other persons and instructing a teacher or educational or instructional assistant or nursing aide in physical management strategies to insure that the student can access the classroom and related educational services in compliance with and continued implementation of the student's individualized education plan as defined in OAR 848-040-0100(3).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 688.160 & 688.055
Stats. Implemented: ORS 688.020, 688.040, 688.055, 688.070, 688.080 & 688.090
Hist.: PTLB 3-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-04; PTLB 1-2007, f. 3-13-07, cert. ef. 4-1-07

848-015-0030

Prohibited Acts

(1) A physical therapist assistant shall not:

(a) Perform an initial evaluation.

(b) Perform the required reassessment provided in OAR 848-040-0155. However, a physical therapist assistant may participate with the physical therapist in gathering data to be included in the required reassessment of a patient for whom the assistant has been providing treatment.

(c) Independently make modifications to the plan of care or objective goals. However, an assistant may collaborate with the physical therapist in making modifications or changes to the plan of care or goals based on the assistant's treatment of that patient and the patient's condition, progress or response to the treatment.

(d) Independently make the decision to discharge a patient from therapy. However, a physical therapist assistant may make recommendations regarding discharge to the supervising physical therapist based on the assistant's treatment of the patient.

(e) Perform high velocity manipulation of the spine or peripheral joints.

(2) As provided in ORS 688.020(2), no person shall practice as a physical therapist assistant unless that person is licensed under ORS 688.090.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 688.160 & 688.055
Stats. Implemented: ORS 688.020, 688.040, 688.055, 688.070, 688.080 688.090
Hist.: PTLB 3-2004, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-04; PTLB 5-2005, f. 12-29-05, cert. ef. 1-1-06; PTLB 2-2008, f. 12-16-08, cert. ef. 1-2-09; PTLB 2-2013, f. 11-26-13, cert. ef. 1-1-14

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