Ethics for Physical Therapists and Assistants

About the Course
Periodic review of the Code of Ethics and the principles detailed within this document is important to fundamentally enhance the practice of the physical therapist. This course will provide an update of the revised American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA’s) Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist and Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant.

Learning objectives
  • Discuss the purpose and the principles of the Code of Ethics for the physical therapist and explain how these principles affect the practice, ideology and implementation of the duties performed by the physical therapist.
  • Summarize the core values, their definitions, as well as the sample indicators; explain how these values fundamentally shape professionalism within the physical therapy profession. 
  • Recite the standards of ethical conduct for the physical therapist and the physical therapy assistant and summarize how these standards apply within daily practice.
  • Define and describe relevant ethical ideals and practices, such as nonmaleficence, justice and autonomy, and how these – and other ideals – pertain to the practice of physical therapy.
  • Discuss examples of federal statutory laws and state regulatory directives and give examples of each.
  • Describe the HIPAA federal privacy statute and how this statute affects the decision-making process of physical therapists and physical therapy assistants.