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Ethics and Law for Physical Therapist Professionals is a Course

Ethics and Law for Physical Therapist Professionals

Time limit: 30 days
2.0 credits

$30 Enroll

Full course description

Target Audience: Utah Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants

This continuing education course is on-demand/self-paced and must be completed within 30 days of registration. All content is available online - there are no synchronous sessions. Content consists of 3 Modules containing written and video instruction, practice quizzes, patient scenario reflection, and a final quiz. Utah PT CE approval pending

Course Description

This course will provide 2 hours of continuing education specifically in ethics and law; fulfilling the licensure renewal requirement for the upcoming licensure renewal cycle for PT’s and PTAs in Utah.  This course will include a review of the APTA’s scope of practice for physical therapy professionals related to professional, jurisdictional, and personal scopes of practice .  A discussion of recent updates to Utah’s Physical Therapy Practice Act and Rules including the PT licensure compact will provide learners with current physical therapy practice updates. In addition, participants will recognize and be able to apply the applicable rules related to supervision, billing, and utilization of PT aides and student PT/PTAs in the clinical setting.  The APTA’s guiding ethical practice documents will be reviewed, facilitating the ability of course participants to select and apply the PT Code of Ethics / PTA Standards of Ethical Conduct to clinical scenarios. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the learner is expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Utah State Physical Therapy Practice Act and associated Practice Act Rules by utilizing these documents to make the most appropriate decisions regarding the legal and ethical practice of physical therapy. 
  2. Identify the supervision requirements, billing practices, and proper utilization of student PT’s /PTA’s defined by the State of Utah, APTA, and third-party payers.
  3. Incorporate the APTA code of ethics into applicable PT practice.
  4. Recognize benefits of clinical education to clinical practice within legal requirements.


    Erin Faraclas, PT, DPT, PhD, MSCS, NBC-HWC

Dr. Erin Faraclas received her undergraduate degree and Masters Degree in Physical Therapy at American International College in Massachusetts. She later attended Temple University and was awarded a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008. Erin obtained her Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist Certification (MSCS) in 2004. Since that time, Erin has spent her physical therapy career specializing in Multiple Sclerosis and other chronic neurological conditions. READ MORE...