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PT Practice Exam 2 – Jurisprudence

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Who is considered a PT Aide?
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Unlicensed individuals that help to deliver the services that the PT/PTA provides and work under their supervision (ratio = 1PT : 1 aide)
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How are athletic trainers, massage therapists, and exercise physiologists characterized in the CA Practice Act?
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As aides
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Can a PT aide provide treatment? Who can supervise them?
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They can provide some sorts of treatment including gait training, massage, modality assistance, etc., but it is at the complete discretion of the directing supervisor.
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What is general supervision vs. direct supervision?
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General – availability of supervising PT to provide either oral or written direction. Does not need to be onsite. Direct – PT is physically approachable and readily available to assist and support care.
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What are the requirements for PT supervising PTA(s)?
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PT is responsible for all services provided by PTA 1 PT can supervise 2 PTA’s
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True or False: the PTA can provide physical therapy treatment or evaluation by their own judgement
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False PTA cannot act autonomously and the PT must follow and be involved in the pt’s course of therapy. The PTA cannot provide an evaluation before the PT does, nor can they write a discharge summary, create a plan of care, write progress reports, or supervise other PTAs.
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Supervision requirements for students and interns?
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The PT must be onsite supplying direct supervision and will document each Tx done.
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True or false: A CI is allowed to supervise 12 students
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True There is no limit to the amount of students a CI can accept
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What documentation guidelines are you required to follow to maintain your license? (2 points)
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1. Every 2 years you must submit a renewal form 2. Have completed 30 continued competency hours, including 2 hours of ethics + CPR verification
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What are the general requirements for initial licensure?
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Must have graduated from an accredited PT program and have a certificate of completion (P1E)
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What is the application process? Cost of application? Renewal fee?
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– P1E certification must be submitted – Passed the National Physical Therapy exam and the California Law Examination – Complete online application – Submit a fingerprint check – Application fee of $225 – Renewal costs are $200 thereafter
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True or False: You can practice physical therapy before having a permanent license.
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True You can practice as a PTLA until you sit for the board exams after receiving a letter of acceptance
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How many times within a 12 month period does California allow one to sit for the boards exam before closing their application?
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3 times in a 12 month period
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What happens after failing the Exam once? 3 Times?
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1st time – no longer can work as a PTLA 3rd time – must reapply for licensure
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In California, do PT supervision requirements differ between practice settings?
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No
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What process will occur if you fail to maintain acceptable standards of practice?
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The Board will first decide whether it has authority over that complaint. They will follow up with interview, followed by an investigation and formal charge for a hearing. Possible consequences involve having your license revoked, suspended, and being presented with various other legal charges dependent on the violation. Losing your license can occur from offenses of patient abuse, fraud, unlicensed practice, boundary violations, sexual misconduct, medication violations, improper documentation, and general unethical behavior.
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True or False: PTs must follow physician orders for requested treatment.
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False Though it is the PT’s responsibility to contact the MD, they are required to treat a condition the way that they believe is most appropriate.
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What is the correct designator for a physical therapist licensed in California?
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PT