Ethics for the Physical Therapist Assistant

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Ethics PTA

Staff member of the Teaching and Learning Center C.J. DeJuliis (left) and Faculty member Dr. Chris T. Harman (right) set up her D2L page and add on special devices she needs to addess her student's during class. Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) may face ethical dilemmas and questions about supervision levels as they work in partnership with physical therapists to provide rehabilitation services.

This noncredit, online course includes a presentation, readings and a post-test that outline the revised Standards of Ethical Conduct for the PTA. It also explains supervision levels for the PTA in various practice settings in Pennsylvania.

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Who should take this course?

This course is intended for licensed physical therapist assistants and physical therapists.

Successful completion of this online course satisfies the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy requirement for two (2) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in ethics or legal Issues required for licensure renewal. 

Cost is $20

Course outcomes

After completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the Standards of Ethical Conduct for physical therapist assistants.
  • Identify ethical dilemmas faced by physical therapists and PTAs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of supervision levels for PTAs in Pennsylvania.
  • Given a variety of clinical examples, apply regulations regarding supervision levels for PTAs in Pennsylvania. 

Questions about this course?

Contact Professor Jodi Dusi, Department of Health Science /