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Disciplines:
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s):
  • Anne Ahlman, PT, MS
  • Gregory C. Pingree, JD, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Julie Heinrichs, PT, DPT
  • Rosalyn R. Pitt, PT, EdD, SPE
Item#: Q3563
Contents: 1 Course Book (88 pages)
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Ethics & Jurisprudence for Tennessee Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants, 5th Ed.


Price $39.95
Item # Q3563
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: February 7, 2018

Expiration Date: February 7, 2021

The purpose of this intermediate-level course is to help each therapist to understand the importance of ethical behavior in patient care, to become familiar with and apply relevant guidelines of professional conduct, and to examine basic concepts of jurisprudence as they apply to patient care. Toward this end, this course presents hypothetical case scenarios that raise significant ethical dilemmas.To enable Tennessee PTs and PTAs to review and implement legal and ethical principles in clinical practice, this course also summarizes the core ethics documents of the APTA and the rules and regulations of the state of Tennessee governing the practice of physical therapy, including relevant excerpts from the Occupational and Physical Therapy Practice Act and the General Rules Governing the Practice of Physical Therapy.

This course has been approved by the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association (TPTA). Approval period 2/7/18 to 2/6/19. TPTA Approval Number:  2017-621.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the theoretical basis of ethics.
  • Describe the application of ethics in health care, including physical therapy practice.
  • Identify the components of the four core ethics documents of the American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Describe the types of law that exist under the U.S. judicial system.
  • Identify the different components of the Tennessee Standards for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants.

Anne Ahlman, PT, MS, received a bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a practicing licensed physical therapist at Cupertino Physical Therapy in San Jose, California, and was previously a director of rehabilitation and clinical instructor to first-year physical therapy students. Ahlman has written and presented on a variety of topics involving orthopedics, sports medicine, geriatrics, vestibular dysfunction, and hippotherapy, and has served as the physical therapy editor for Today in PT magazine. She is also the author of Naked Elbows: A Physical Therapist’s Reflections on Patient Care, Intuition, and Healing, a medical narrative that explores personal and professional stories about the joys and challenges of providing patient care.

Gregory C. Pingree, JD, PhD, is an associate professor of law at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. Prior to joining the faculty at Florida Coastal, he taught at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento, California. Dr. Pingree has taught legal writing and research, appellate advocacy, professional ethics, constitutional law, and jurisprudence at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Santa Clara University School of Law. He has also taught courses on literature, censorship, and mass media at Brown University and the Corcoran College of Arts and Design in Washington, D.C. In addition to teaching, Dr. Pingree has edited legal, business, and educational materials for numerous organizations and institutions. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University; his master’s and doctoral degrees in English and American literature from Brown University; and his JD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Julie Heinrichs, PT, DPT, earned her bachelor of arts degree in English and master’s degree in physical therapy from Marquette University in Milwaukee and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. She has over a decade of experience working with adults in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Because of her experience in working with patients with mental health challenges, she has developed a professional interest in the interactions between mental and physical health. She is currently the Physical Therapy Education Planner at Western Schools.

Rosalyn R. Pitt, PT, EdD, SPE, received her bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University, and both her master of science degree in guidance and counseling and her doctor of education degree in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee State University. A physical therapist with experience in varied practice settings, Dr. Pitt was an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Tennessee State University, where for many years she taught courses on psychosocial, behavioral, and cultural issues; professional ethics; and therapeutic communication.

  • 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.