Chapter 490-8 PHYSICAL THERAPY AIDES: DEFINITION AND REQUIREMENTS
A physical therapy aide, or anyone who holds himself out as being a physical therapy aide, is an individual other than a licensee under O.C.G.A. 43-33 who aids the licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in the licensee's provision of physical therapy services and whose activities do not require technical training through a formal course of study.
The physical therapy aide must have direct supervision on the premises at all times when providing supportive activities for the physical therapist or the physical therapist assistant.
|(a)||For purposes of this rule,"direct supervision" shall mean on the premises and immediately available at all times.|
|(b)||For purposes of this rule,"on the premises" shall mean the immediate area of the patient.|
|(c)||A licensee of this chapter may supervise a maximum of two (2) physical therapy aides when they are aiding the licensee's provision of patient evaluation and intervention.|
For purposes of this Rule, the term,"designated physical therapy tasks," as referenced in O.C.G.A. 43-33-13.1, shall be limited to the following:
|(a)|| Physical therapy aides
may perform the following tasks independent of supervision by a licensed
physical therapist or licensed physical therapist assistant:
|(b)||The physical therapy aide, at the discretion of the licensee, may provide supportive activities to patient care when specifically meeting the criteria as set forth in 490-8-.02. Supportive activities or patient care tasks do not include the direct provision of any patient intervention, but do include only assisting a patient in preparation for treatment by a licensee, assisting a patient after cessation of treatment by a licensee, or assisting the licensee during treatment provided by that licensee. Licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are the only providers of physical therapy.|