Laws and Regulations

Doctor of Physical Therapy Students

Minimum Required Skills of Physical Therapist Graduates at Entry-Level

American Physical Therapy Association: BOD G11-05-20-49

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Supervision for Physical Therapist Students

The Laws & Regulations Governing Physical Therapist Students and Interns

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Physical Therapy Assistant Students

Minimum Required Skills of Physical Therapist Assistant Graduates at Entry-Level

American Physical Therapy Association: BOD G11-08-09-18

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Supervision for Physical Therapist Assistant Students

The Laws & Regulations Governing Physical Therapist Assistant Students and Interns

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CMS Releases: Physical Therapy in Post-Acute Care Settings

On July 29, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Skilled Nursing and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS and IRF PPS) final rules for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. Both rules contain provisions that will affect the practice of physical therapy in these settings and are effective October 1, 2011.

CMS discontinues the policy announced in the FY 2000 final rule's preamble requiring line-of-sight supervision of therapy students in SNF. Effective October 1, 2011, as with other inpatient settings, each SNF will determine for itself the appropriate manner of supervision of therapy students consistent with state and local laws and practice standards. CMS states that the student is viewed as an extension of the therapist therefore the policies regarding individual, concurrent, and group therapy as articulated in the RAI manual are still applicable.

California Code of Physical Therapy Regulations

Physical Therapy Regulations

California Code of Regulations

1398.11. Physical Therapy Aide, Applicant, Student and Intern Identification

1398.37. Identification of Students and Interns

1398.52. Identification and Supervision of Physical Therapist Assistant Students and Interns Defined

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