Ethics for Healthcare Practitioners: Theoretical Basis, APTA Code, Case Scenarios and Legal Standards of Behavior

Author / Instructor: Stefanie Palma PT, DPT, M.Ed., NCS, CBIS
Profession: Physical Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists
Jurisdiction: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Course Number: 1507
CEU Hours: 2
Course Method: Online
Provider: Educata
Amount: $60
Active: Yes

This course is designed to introduce health care providers to basic principles of ethics, with particular emphasis on the practice of physical therapy in the state of Georgia. Methods used will include traditional lecture format, thought-provoking ethical case scenarios, and quizzes to stimulate your learning.

Continuing education credits

This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs.

Goals & Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, the attendee should be able to:

  1. Discuss the origins of ethics.
  2. Define ethics in the context of healthcare.
  3. Differentiate ethics from morals.
  4. Describe various theories of ethics and morals and their implications/applications.
  5. Discuss the implications of generational issues on ethics and ethicaldevelopment.
  6. Investigate the RIPS Model of Ethical Decision Making.
  7. Apply the RIPS model to various scenarios.
  8. Describe the APTA Code of Ethics.
  9. Discuss the importance of Code of Ethics and apply the Code to ethical scenarios.
  10. Evaluate/assess whether the scenarios will escalate into legal situations.


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