The latest revisions to APTA's Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist (Code) and Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant (Standards) are the topics of an online course -- offered free to APTA members -- that provides a brief history of ethics in physical therapy, discusses the rationale for revising the Code and Standards, and examines the revisions in detail. Access and take the free version at APTA's Learning Center. No prerequisite knowledge is required.
The Code now addresses the 5 roles of the PT (clinician, administrator, educator, researcher, and consultant), the core values of the profession, and the multiple realms of ethical action. The Standards more fully address the roles of the PTA in all areas of physical therapy and the multiple realms of ethical action.
After completing the course, participants will understand why the Code and Standards were revised and be able to identify the documents' central ethical obligations.
Both members and nonmembers also can obtain CEUs for taking this course through APTA's Learning Center. Member/nonmember fees are $59/$99 for .3 CEUs with successful completion of the multiple choice test at a rate of 70% or higher.
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