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Release Date: March 25, 2016
Expiration Date: March 25, 2019
Ethics involves making decisions about what is right or wrong, good or bad, and otherwise providing a justification for an ethical decision. Ethics figures strongly into the professional lives of physical therapy practitioners and research demonstrates that expert clinicians use ethical reasoning as part of their critical thinking. Across all practice, educational, and research settings, physical therapy practitioners face issues that involve ethical questions. To navigate effectively and safely through ethical issues and problems, physical therapy practitioners should be well-versed in the knowledge and skills of ethical decision-making. This includes an understanding of their ethical and legal responsibilities under the APTA Code of Ethics, APTA Guide for Professional Conduct, APTA Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant, the APTA Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant, and individual states’ practice acts.
Although ethics education has become better integrated into physical therapy education over the past decade, many educators believe that, due to increasing professional autonomy and independence in clinical decision making and judgments, physical therapists face increasingly complex ethical issues in clinical practice. As a result, a gap remains between ethics knowledge and practice. Adding to this is the increasing interdisciplinary nature of the clinical environment that requires decisions to be made in the best interest of the patients within a web of health professional teams, the increasing focus on patient-centered care, the extent and boundaries of patient autonomy in clinical decision-making, the rapid development of technology and genomics integrated into rehabilitation, and the ethical implications of value-based practice payments.
This intermediate-level course will provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with an updated and in-depth overview of ethical theories, the Core Ethics documents of the American Physical Therapy Association, and tools to guide the physical therapy practitioner in making ethical decisions. Multiple case vignettes will illustrate the concepts discussed. This course is designed to help clinicians effectively and efficiently integrate ethical decision-making into their clinical practice.
California, Delaware, Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma, & Utah PTs and PTAs - Fulfills your ethics requirement.
Pennsylvania PTs & PTAs – Course Approval #PTCE011749
California PTs & PTAs – Approved 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.
Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S5741
Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval #201710638
Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.
Texas PTs & PTAs - This course is not approved to fulfill your ethics requirement. See item #Q3414 & #Q3413.