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Physical Therapy California Laws and Regulations

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Who can legally perform the initial examination and evaluation of a patient referred to physical therapy?
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licensed physical therapist
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Which of the following interventions would NOT be appropriate to delegate to a physical therapist assistant?
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Perform spinal joint manipulation requiring re-examination and clinical decision making
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Which of the following would NOT be appropriate within the scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant?
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Change the plan of care in order to better meet the patients needs
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Who may legally supervise PT Aides in California?
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Physical Therapists
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Which statement best describes supervision requirements for physical therapist assistants?
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The supervising physical therapists shall be readily available in person or by telecommunication to the PTA at all times while the physical therapist assistants is treating patients.
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Which statement is true regarding laws and regulations governing physical therapy practice?
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Laws and regulations provide rights and protection for PT’s and PTA’s as well as outlining the responsibilities and limitations of the scope of practice
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How could a student physical therapist assistant most easily obtain a copy of the “practice act” for physical therapy in California?
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Go to the website for the Physical Therapy Board of California
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Which of the following would not be appropriate for a licensed physical therapist assistant?
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Evaluate and develop a treatment plan for a patient with a routine condition
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Which of the following activities of a physical therapy aide would be defined as a patient- related task?
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assisting the patient with an excercise routine
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Which of the following statements regarding supervision of an aide by the physical therapist is TRUE in California?
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The physical therapist must provide continuous and immediate supervision of the aide
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Who is the “physical therapist of record”
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The physical therapist who performs the initial evaluation of a patient, unless the patients care is reassigned to another physical therapist of record
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Who is responsible for providing supervision and direction to the physical therapist assistant in the treatment of a given patient?
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The therapist who has been designated the “physical therapist of record” for that patient.
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What is usually the maximum number of physical therapist assistants that a physical therapist can supervise in California?
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two “2”
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What patient-related task can an aide perform under the supervision of a PTA, according to the California laws and regulations?
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NONE a PTA CANNOT supervise and aide!
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Prior to a PT aide providing patient care, what does a supervising PT need to do?
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Evaluate and document the aides competency level for performing the patient related task that the aide will provide
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Which of the following may a PTA do?
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Write daily chart notes in the patients medical record
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Which of the following is true for Physical Therapists in California?
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May treat patients only if the disorder has been diagnosed by an appropriate medical diagnostician
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Under the continuing competency requirement(Regulations 1399.90-1399.99) which became effective in November 2009, physical therapists and PTA’s licensed in California
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Must document participation in 30 hours of continuing education or other forms of professional development during each two-year period between licensure renewal dates as a requirement for licensure renewal
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Which of the following are NOT included in the curriculum of a PTA program?
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Joint mobilization; nutritional supplementation; acupressure
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Each state has the right to define the progression of physical therapy and regulate the practice in its jurisdiction. What is the piece of legislation known as?
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Practice Act
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Which of the following may a PTA do?
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serve in a clinical leadership position as long as he/she doesn’t perform service as a PTA in the same practice
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Which of the following statements is true regarding supervision of PTA students?
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A physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a physical therapist supervisor may perform as clinical instructor of the physical therapist assistant student
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Which of the following is true regarding use of physical therapy aides?
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The physical therapist must be in immediate proximity to the aide if the aide is performing patient related tasks