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California: Ethical Decisions in Physical Therapy


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This course fulfills the requirement for 2 units of training on ethics for CA physical therapists and physical therapy assistants.

   Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA
   Susan Walters Schmid, PhD

Contact hours: 2
Expiration date: June 1, 2023
Course price: $29

Course Summary

This purpose of this course is to provide direct-care staff in nursing homes, hospice, and adult daycare with the skills, techniques, and strategies to care on a daily basis for residents who have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. It includes activities that allow participants to practice the skills and strategies they have learned.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded..


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Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Explain what is unique about healthcare ethics.
  2. Describe the relationship of professionalism and ethics.
  3. Name the six principles that undergird the language of bioethics.
  4. Describe the concepts of moral threshold and moral potency.
  5. Differentiate between ethics and the law.
  6. Explain how to apply an ethical decision-making model in a clinical situation.