CAPTE’s Standards and Required Elements for Accreditation of Physical Therapist Education Programs:
7D25 Determine components of POC that may, and may not, be directed to the PTA based on (1) needs of the patient, (2) the education, training and competence of PTA’s ability, (3) jurisdictional law, (4) practice guidelines, policies, & (5) facility policies.
APTA's Learning Center offers the course "Leading the Team: A Practical Guide to Working with PTAs." This interactive online course, primarily designed for physical therapists (PT) and PT students, provides the learner with the background needed to successfully utilize the knowledge and skills of a physical therapist assistant (PTA) in patient/client care. The course will clarify the team roles and relationships to assure the best patient/client outcomes.
Course objectives include:
- Model the correct clinical relationship between the PT and the PTA.
- Describe educational requirements and minimum skill sets of the PTA.
- Describe patient/client management activities PTAs may and may not perform.
- Supervise PTAs in the clinical environment.
- Provide mentoring and assist in career planning for PTAs.
A complimentary resource is available for innovative teaching on the direction, supervision, and mentoring of PTAs: PT/PTA Teamwork: Models in Delivering Patient Care.