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:
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was incorporated into Core Values for the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant | APTA and was rescinded by the House of Delegates in 2019.
Sep 1, 2019 / Open Access
Sep 1, 2017 / Resource
Nov 30, 2021
Ethics in Practice articles, part of APTA Magazine, cover a variety of topics that impact your practice and patient care in the area of professional and ethical decision making.
Additional Ethics and Professionalism Content
Aug 1, 2019 / Article
PTs and PTAs practice in an environment that requires compliance with health care laws, rules, and regulations.
Jul 26, 2021 / Column
The transition from hospital to school-based setting brings up questions of authority.
Apr 22, 2021 / Column
When conversation causes discomfort in the workplace.
Apr 1, 2021 / Column
Understand your legal obligations to your patients.
Feb 1, 2021 / Column
Sometimes you have to make waves.
Nov 25, 2020 / Column
Unilateral action, a dual relationship, and unintended consequences.
Oct 28, 2020 / Column
When a situation feels wrong, in all likelihood it is.
Sep 27, 2020 / Column
Future needs prompt current concerns.
Sep 1, 2020 / Column
Silence isn't always golden. But finding one's voice in the moment can be difficult.
Jun 1, 2019 / Policies & Bylaws
House standard: Outlines and describes the code of ethics for physical therapists.