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Law and Ethics for the Physical Therapist - PT57

Law and Ethics for the Physical Therapist

by Scott Cheatham, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS
(4.3 / 1611 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (2.00 Hour(s))

Price: $34.00
CE-PRO Price: $17.00


As physical therapists, we often find ourselves in situations that test not only our clinical skills, but our moral and legal acuity as well. Ethics, moral decision-making and interpretation of laws and regulations are all important aspects of clinical practice.This course highlights key ethical principles, the American Physical Therapy Association code of ethics, various ethical decision-making processes and common legal questions regarding the practice of physical therapy.


The goal of this continuing education program is to review ethical principles and common legal questions that pertain to the practice of physical therapy. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss common ethical principles as they relate to the practice of physical therapy
  • Discuss the rationale for the APTA code of ethics and the key principles involved
  • Identify common ethical dilemmas and utilize the Realm-Individual Process-Situation Model of Ethical Decision Making
  • Discuss common legal questions and identify available state and national resources concerning legal issues

Approval Information is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/15.
This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners as meeting continuing competence requirements for PTs and PTAs (approval #54237A for 04/16/13 to 04/15/15). This course meets the two-hour ethics and professional responsibility continuing competence requirement for license renewal purposes for Texas PTs and PTAs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California. is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2016.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 13S1131 for 05/08/13 to 05/08/14; 14S1245 for 05/09/14 to 05/09/15); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP130020816 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021539 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; PE150023604 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004713 for 06/22/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007082 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1240-2012 for 05/14/13 to 01/31/14; 1048-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16). The Louisiana Physical Therapy Board for the administrative category (02/23/15 to 12/31/15.) Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.2 CEU for 05/16/13 to 05/16/17 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.2 units of continuing education for 05/21/13 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4878 for 06/01/13 to 06/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 4/16/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/16/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/16/2016

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.

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Marilyn C - Austin, TX  ·  Apr 25, 2015
very interesting and informative
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TERESA F - Sinking Spring, PA  ·  Apr 25, 2015
Good information, especially helpful to specify which organization to contact with different concerns
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Stephanie O - Collingswood, NJ  ·  Apr 23, 2015
Clear, concise and helpful in the professional, ethical decision-making process.
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CAROL B - Baytown, TX  ·  Apr 22, 2015
It is informative and easy to understand.
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Matthew H - Pittstown, NJ  ·  Apr 21, 2015
nice course and a good refresher on common topics within our profession.
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Price: $34.00
CE-PRO Price: $17.00