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Bioethics in Healthcare - PT35

Bioethics in Healthcare

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD and Katherine Marya Dodd, MS, RD, CSG, LD
(4.4 / 2666 ratings )

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

Price: $34.00
CE-PRO Price: $17.00


If you are looking for 2 hours of ethics education to meet the Texas requirement, please go to PT57 Law and Ethics for the Physical Therapist.

Thirty-five years ago, few healthcare practitioners had heard the word bioethics. Now healthcare practitioners serve on ethics committees, articles about ethics appear in a variety of publications and the number of universities with advanced degrees in ethics continues to expand. How did bioethics become such an integral part of healthcare in the U.S.? No single event created the field of bioethics; instead, a cascade of events created the discipline and changed healthcare decision making. This course will help healthcare professionals become better versed in the topic of bioethics, and it will help them identify and assess situations so that ethical responses can be chosen and enacted.


The goal of this bioethics continuing education course is to inform readers about ethical dilemmas and decisions, and help them identify and assess situations so ethical responses can be chosen and enacted. Studying the history of bioethics can help students understand how specific historical events revealed the need for these kinds of bioethical models and approaches, creating foundations upon which today’s ethical approaches are built. After completing this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the history and evolution of bioethics
  • Define the legal and medical terminology used in bioethics
  • List organizations that are concerned with ethical standards in healthcare

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, imaging and radiation therapist, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, and social workers.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning 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 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by The Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning 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, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 11S1799 for 12/01/11 to 12/01/12, 12S2067 for 12/02/12 to 12/02/13, PE130019785 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13, 13S1873 for 12/03/13 to 12/03/14, 14S1699 for 12/04/14 to 12/04/15, 15S2359 for 12/05/15 to 12/05/16; 16S2262 for 12/06/16 to 12/06/17; 17S6291 for 12/7/17 to 12/7/18).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. PE120018199 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, PE140021512 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14, PE150024052 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15, CE16-27079 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-351330 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-351330 for 01/01/18 for 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002862 for 02/05/12 to 12/31/12, PTCE003868 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14, PTCE007014 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010102 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 234-2012 for 01/24/12 to 01/31/14, 2014-1127 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16).
The Louisiana Physical Therapy Board for the administrative category (8/16/13 to 12/31/13, 01/01/14 to 12/31/14, 02/27/15 to 12/31/15, 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; 01/01/18 to 12/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/06/11 to 12/06/15, 11/15/15 to 11/15/19.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13, 07/31/13 to 07/31/15, 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
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. 437-4098 for 01/01/12 to 01/01/13, 437-4612 for 01/01/13 to 01/01/14). 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: 3/1/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/27/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/27/2018


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

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LYNN R - Wyomissing, PA  ·  Oct 16, 2018
very thorough and pertinent to audience
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Lee F - Oakdale, PA  ·  Oct 15, 2018
Very informative course
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Stephanie B - Austin, TX  ·  Oct 13, 2018
This course was exactly what I needed to meet my state requirements. Easy & informative.
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Marie M - Lincoln University, PA  ·  Oct 10, 2018
Easy to understand and useful for completing the necessary ethics CEUs for licensure
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Aanal S - oak Lawn, IL  ·  Oct 09, 2018
good learning course
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Price: $34.00
CE-PRO Price: $17.00