Laws Rules & Ethics for the Massachusetts Physical Therapist and Physical Therapy Assistant


About the Course:  
This course is intended for physical therapists in the state of Massachusetts as a means of reviewing and educating on ethical standards and comply with the law.  The course outlines current rules and regulations regarding physical therapy practice in the state of Massachusetts. The course also reviews requirements necessary for obtaining and renewing a PT license in Massachusetts.   

Course Objectives: 

  • Define ethics, morality, and integrity.
  • Identify the theoretical basis of ethical decision-making and the application of ethics in healthcare.
  • Identify the principles of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Code of Ethics for Physical Therapists and the principles of the APTA Guide for Professional Conduct.
  • Describe the laws pertaining to physical therapy practice in the Massachusetts General Provisions, the Registered Physical Therapy Law from the General Laws of Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Code of Massachusetts Regulations Title 259.
  • Identify the content on the Massachusetts Board of Physical Therapy website and current continuing education reporting procedures.

About the Author 
Dr. Morgan Rotella, PT, DPT, received her doctorate degree in physical therapy from the Ohio State University in 2019. She has been working as an outpatient orthopedic and vestibular physical therapist for over 4 years now and is a certified vestibular and concussion rehabilitation specialist per the American Institute of Balance. Outside of working as a clinician, she writes and edits health blogs and video content to ensure appropriate information is available regarding common medical conditions and physical therapy considerations. Furthermore, she has experience in reviewing, summarizing, and contributing to a number of physical therapy continuing education courses.  

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest 
The contributors to this course have no conflicts of interest relative to its content. Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity. 

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement 
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners. 

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 

©2024: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Colibri Healthcare, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Colibri Healthcare, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Colibri Healthcare, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing, but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation or circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers. 


Colibri Healthcare, LLC’s courses meet the standards for physical therapy continuing education activities in Massachusetts