ATrain Education


Continuing Education for Health Professionals

CA: Ethical Decisions in Physical Therapy

Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

Nancy Kirsch earned a Physical Therapy degree from Temple University and a Master's degree in Health Education from Montclair University. She went on to earn a PhD in Health Sciences with a concentration on Ethics from Rutgers University, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Montclair General Hospital.

Nancy is director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Rutgers University. Previously she practiced in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, long-term care, and home care. She owned a private practice for more than twenty years and now practices in an educational setting.

Nancy has been active in professional organizations throughout her career. She has served the American Physical Therapy Association, first at the state level and then the national, where she was a member of the Ethics Document Revision Task Force. She also served on the APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee, including a term as chairperson. She is currently on the APTA Scope of Practice Task Force and vice president of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

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  • Pharmacotherapy hours: 0
  • Expiration date: June 1, 2020
  • Course price: $29

Course Summary

Ethical behaviors in the physical therapy setting are grounded in the principle of professional autonomy and demonstrated here through a case that presents a true ethical dilemma. Includes the RIPS decision-making model as a tool for resolving such situations.

ATrain Education, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

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

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