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APTA is the definitive source for standards of ethics and professionalism in the physical therapy profession.

PTs and PTAs demonstrate ethics and professionalism by living their core values and working to achieve optimal health and wellness.

The standards for ethics and professionalism are established by the following:

- Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist

- Standards of Ethical Conduct for the PTA

- Core Values for the PT and PTA

- Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy

Values-Based Behavior for the Physical Therapist Assistant (HOD P06-18-26-34) was incorporated into Core Values for the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant | APTA and was rescinded by the House of Delegates in 2019.


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