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Course Overview

Physical therapy professionals are constantly confronted with a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas. Their decisions, and even their failures to make decisions, can have long-range effects professionally and personally for providers, patients, healthcare entities, and for society as a whole. Why does one value win out over another? What does the decision process involve? How do these decisions impact those involved? Directed to Physical Therapists (PT) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA), this 4-credit course addresses ethical and moral dilemmas, the decision processes, and posits multiple ethical case studies. This course aims to assist the PT professional in understanding their ethical responsibilities as well as regulations that govern physical therapy practice in the state of Georgia.

About the Course Author

Yolunda Dockett serves as a Corporate Compliance & Privacy Officer for a skilled nursing, assisted living, dialysis, and personal care provider in the DC Metro area. In this role, Yolunda has developed and implemented the organization's compliance and privacy program, and has provided compliance education and training, promoting regulatory compliance to ensure continued program effectiveness. Yolunda is working on her Masters of Jurisprudence at Stetson University College of Law and is a registered occupational therapist with over 15 years of experience in regional rehab, reimbursement, and SNF operations. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member for several masters and doctorate occupational therapy programs in the region, and is a member of the roster of accreditation evaluators for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Yolunda G. Dockett, OTD, MOTR, CHC, CHPC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

  • GA Physical Therapy Association of Georgia


    This course has been approved by the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. This activity is approved for 4.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Apply elements of the American Physical Therapy Associations Core Ethical documents to two case studies to resolve mock ethical dilemmas.; Articulate the supervision standards for physical therapist assistants and aides in the state of Georgia.; Articulate two distinctions between morals, ethics, and the law as related to the physical therapy profession.; Define at least two main theories and principles of healthcare ethics, as described in the course.; Describe at least five activities which are considered violations of the Georgia PT and/or PTA Code of Ethics.; Describe at least three types of advance directives and briefly explain how each is designed to reduce moral, ethical, and legal dilemmas.; Describe requirements for continuing competency for both PT and PTA providers.; Describe the rules related to performance of “dry needling” by PTs in the state of Georgia as outlined in Rule 490-9-.05.; Describe the supervision standards for individuals practicing under a “Training Permit” in Georgia.; Describe three changes in the professional, reimbursement, or legal landscapes that affect PTs and PTAs.; Describe two methods PT professionals employ to help resolve ethical situations.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: New Frontiers
    Growing Pains
    Presenting Self as DPT
    Practicing PT with Autonomy
    Navigating Changing Payor Standards
    Protecting Private Health Information
    Navigating the Merit-based Incentive Payment System
    Clinical Vignette
    Section 3: Morals, Ethics & Law
    Ethics vs. Morals
    Healthcare Ethics
    Common Ethical Themes in Physical Therapy
    APTA’s Core Values
    Ethics vs. Law
    Advanced Directives
    Section 4: Ethical Theories and Principles
    Main Ethical Theories
    Core Principles
    Competing Ethical Principles
    Methods to Resolve Ethical Dilemmas
    Integrating Theory into Practice
    Steps to Resolve an Ethical Dilemma
    Clinical Vignette
    Active Engagement Method of Resolving Ethical Situations
    Ethical Lens Grid Method of Resolving Ethical Situations
    Clinical Vignette
    Section 5: Code of Ethics
    Codifying Ethics
    Judd and Joan
    LaRonda and Louise
    Trevor and Tom
    Jarod and Tidley
    Sara and Hattie
    Anna and Dante
    Jordan and Ashtani
    Chelsea and Jacques
    Section 6: Georgia General Provisions
    § 43-1-9
    § 43-1-19
    § 43-1-19.1
    § 43-1-19.2
    § 43-1-20
    § 43-1-20.1
    § 43-1-21
    § 43-1-22
    § 43-1-23
    § 43-1-24
    § 43-1-25
    § 43-1-27
    § 43-1-28
    Section 7: Georgia Regulations Governing Physical Therapy
    Physical Therapy Act
    Defining Physical Therapy
    Role Delineations
    PT Board Rules
    Chapter 490-1
    Chapter 490-2
    Chapter 490-3
    Chapter 490-4
    Chapter 490-5
    Chapter 490-6
    Chapter 490-7
    Chapter 490-8
    Chapter 490-9 Code of Ethics
    Rule 490-9-.02
    Rule 490-9-.03
    Rule 490-9-.04
    Rule 490-9-.05
    Rule 490-9-.06
    Chapter 490-10
    Chapter 490-11
    Chapter 490-12
    Chapter 490-13
    Section 8: Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy Policy Statements
    Section 9: Website of the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy
    Actions Available Online
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Section 10: Conclusion
    Course Contributors
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Advanced, Entry, Intermediate level Physical Therapists; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings, Rehabilitation Settings.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.