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Physical Therapy Ethics

Session Dates
Nov 7, 2018  |  5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type: General
Princeton Medical Center
One Plainsboro Road
First Floor, Education Center

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:
  1. Analyze a situation to determine if there is an ethical issue.
  2. Apply the principles of ethical decision making to the ethical situations presented
  3. Employ the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice in resolving ethical situations.
  4. Evaluate a situation and determine the appropriate course of action to protect patients, improve care and elevate clinical practice.
  5. Recognize the relationship between risk factors and ethical/professional breeches.

Continuing Education Credits

This course is pending approval by NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 2.5 hours.


  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants

Course Description

This 2.5 credit Ethics Course is designed for therapists wishing to satisfy the mandatory Ethics requirement with an interactive problem solving course.  It builds on the basic course provided by the speaker during the previous licensure period.  The course is designed to be an interactive case based demonstration of the interaction and independence of ethics and law in the practice of physical therapy; the relationship of competence to professional behavior will be explored. 

This course requires your active participation in problem solving. It is recommended that you only choose this course if you are willing to participate in the discussions. If you prefer a more passive learning environment it is suggested that you choose another course.                                                             

Course Schedule

5:30 pm  Registration

6:00 pm  Issues and Trends in PT Practice

6:30 pm  Interactive Case Discussions – Interpersonal relationships with patient, staff, coworkers

7:30 pm  Break

7:45 pm  Interactive Case Discussions – External forces productivity, payment

About the Speakers

Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA is a professor of physical therapy and Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ). She provides school based physical therapy services in Morris County New Jersey. She currently serves on the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, Division of Consumer Affairs in New Jersey. She is President of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, and served as Chair of the national APTA Reference Committee and Ethics and Judicial Committee.

Dr. Kirsch presents on topics in ethics and risk management on the national level at APTA and other professional meetings. Her academic and research interest is professional behavior and ethical decision making and promoting awareness of the benefits of PT across populations. Dr. Kirsch writes a monthly column in PT in Motion Magazine, called Ethics in Practice.


Cancellations and requests for refunds will be accepted until October 26, 2018.
(No refunds will be given after October 26)

Registration Information

Register by October 26. Space is limited.

Please call 1.888.897.8979 to register

Cost: $50

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Cost: $75.00

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