In 2019, the House of Delegates adopted the Core Values for the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant (.pdf) HOD P06‐19‐48‐55 [Amended: HOD P06‐18‐25‐33; Initial HOD P05‐07‐19‐19;] [Previously Titled: Core Values: for the Physical Therapist] [Position].
The core values guide the behaviors of physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) to provide the highest quality of physical therapist services. These values imbue the scope of PT and PTA activities. The core values retain the PT as the person ultimately responsible for providing safe, accessible, cost‐effective, and evidence‐based services; and the PTA as the only individual who assists the PT in practice, working under the direction and supervision of the PT.
Professionalism Education & Development
Self-Assess Your Professional Excellence
Identify your professionalism strengths and areas for growth based on the APTA Core Values Self-Assessment, then access links to those core values and related APTA guidelines, courses, and more to help you improve your professionalism.
Patient Survey: Questions for Patients to Assess Their Physical Therapist's Professionalism (.doc)
The intent of this tool is to assist the assessment of a physical therapist's professionalism as perceived by a patient.
Professionalism Online Course Series
Available via the Learning Center, these instructional courses incorporate reflective questions, case situations, discussion board, and assessment questions. The first 3 modules are a prerequisite for completing the advanced clinical instructor education and credentialing program and are free to members.
Online Course: Information on APTA's Revised Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist and Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant
The revised Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist (.pdf) now addresses the five roles of the PT (clinician, administrator, educator, researcher, and consultant), the core values of the profession, and the multiple realms of ethical action. The revised Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant (.pdf) more fully address the roles of the PTA in all areas of physical therapy and the multiple realms of ethical action. This online course provides a brief history of ethics in physical therapy, discusses the rationale for revising the Code and Standards, and examines the revised Code and Standards in detail.
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