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9-3-09 151 - Education 2 year degree Associate of Applied...

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Education
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2 year degree Associate of Applied Science Courses o Liberal Arts and Sciences o Natural Sciences – A & P; Kinesiology o Didactics (classroom learning) – anything related to physical therapy o Laboratory skills – learn treatments
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o Clinical internships
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Reponsibilities of the Physical Therapist Not to be performed by the PTA
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Interpretation of referrals Initial examination, evaluation, diagnosis (medical or PT problem), prognosis (how well the patient will do) Develop plan of care Modify plan of care Assign interventions to the PTA Re-examine the patient Discharge planning Oversight of documentation
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The PTA can only assist – can do the test but must report to the PT after
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Assigning a Patient to the PTA
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Consider the PTA’s education, training, and experience Consider the patient’s complexity, stability, and criticality Consider the predictability of the outcome
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Assigning a Patient to the PTA
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Consider Federal and state laws Practice Act APTA Code of Ethics – drives our professionalism; Ex: can’t endorse a product and get paid for the endorsement Risk management – fair/unfair; stable
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Definition of the PTA
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The PTA is a technically educated health care provider who assists the PT in the provision of physical therapy. The PTA is a graduate of a PTA associate degree program accredited by CAPTE (Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education)
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Levels of PTA Supervision
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Line-of-Sight or Direct Supervision - the PT must be able to visualize the PTA at all times; PT stands over you watching; needed for medicare (elderly with medicare) patients On-site – the PT must be on the premises, but not
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