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  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Anne Ahlman, MPT
Peer Reviewer(s): Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PhD, PCS
Item#: Q3506
Contents: 1 Course Book (40 pages)
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Applied Ethics in Physical Therapy, Updated 3rd Edition

Price $24.95
Item # Q3506
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Release Date: October 6, 2016

Expiration Date: October 6, 2019

This course presents information to help the therapist understand the importance of ethical behavior in patient care and become familiar with the guidelines of professional conduct. Illustrative case scenarios in which therapists face hypothetical ethical dilemmas are included. This intermediate-level course summarizes the APTA Code of Ethics and Guide for Professional Conduct. Familiarity with these essential documents, and the ethical standards of behavior that they establish, will assist physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in reviewing and implementing ethical parameters in their clinical practice.


California PTs & PTAsApproved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Texas PTs & PTAs - This course does not apply towards the ethics and professional responsibility requirement for Texas PTs & PTAs.

Course Objectives

  • Define ethics, morality, and integrity.
  • Identify the theoretical basis of ethical decision making and the application of ethics in health care.
  • Identify the components of the Code of Ethics of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the principles of the APTA Guide for Professional Conduct.
  • Describe key elements of the Texas Physical Therapy Practice Act and Physical Therapy Rules.


Anne Ahlman, MPT, received a bachelor of science degree in 1983 from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1992. She is a licensed physical therapist and certified personal trainer, who served as director of rehabilitation and lead physical therapist at Idylwood Convalescent Hospital in Sunnyvale, California, before working for 12 years at Cupertino Physical Therapy. As a clinical instructor, she has taught and trained first-year physical therapy students. She is an AHA-registered therapist in classic hippotherapy; she has given numerous presentations on that topic and in the areas of orthopedics, sports medicine, and vestibular dysfunction. She is a past member of the California chapter of the APTA and published her master’s thesis in 1992 on the “Effectiveness of Vestibular Exercise Therapy,” under her maiden name of Westgate, with a grant from the California Chapter of the APTA. Ms. Ahlman has been a medical writer and editor for more than a decade. She has written numerous articles, served as physical therapy editor for the journal Today in PT, and is published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.


Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PhD, PCS, is vice-chair and professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC). She holds a BS in physical therapy from Southwestern Medical School (1971), an MA in college teaching from the University of North Carolina (1976), and a PhD in academic administration/health education from Texas A&M University (1989). She served as chairperson for the University of Central Arkansas and Chapman University programs in physical therapy and as associate director in the School of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University before joining UNTHSC. She has taught ethics for more than 30 years to professional and post-professional physical therapy students. She has more than 40 years of experience in pediatrics and has twice recertified as a pediatric specialist. Dr. Lovelace-Chandler has served in numerous APTA elected leadership positions, teaches advanced clinical practice courses for the APTA, and has published articles and book chapters in pediatrics. She presented the 2011 Linda Crane Memorial Lecture at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, and she won the CAPTE Distinguished Service Award in April 2014.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content
  • There are no prerequisites for this course