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Professionalism Module 2: History of Professionalism in Physical Therapy

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Module 2: History of Professionalism in Physical Therapy provides you with a historical perspective of professionalism and the maturation of physical therapy to a doctoring profession. It also offers insights into key professional and ethical documents such as the Code of Ethics, other core documents such as the Standards of Practice, and the application of these professional documents to cases. Through historical examination and case study, you will identify five current or future ethical issues for the profession. This module helps fulfill the professionalism prerequisite requirement for completing APTA╩╣s Level 2 Credentialed Clinical Instructor course. You do not have to be enrolled in the Level 2 course to take this course and earn CEU credit.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this module, you should be able to: 

1. Describe the history of the physical therapy profession in the context of the organization, the profession, ethics, professionalism, and the core values. 

2. Define the attributes of a professional. 

3. Evaluate the degree to which physical therapy has achieved maturity as a doctoring profession. 

4. Identify five current or future ethical issues for the profession. 

5. Discuss the Core Documents that convey professional role, values, behaviors, attitudes, and expectations in physical therapy. 

6. Identify professional role expectations consistent with core documents as applied to a case situation.

Course Instructions

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  2. Click the Take Quiz button to complete the assessment. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass and must answer at least 70% of questions correctly.
  3. Click Fill Out Survey under the Evaluation listing to provide valuable course feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
  4. Click the View/Print Your Certificate button under the Certificate listing. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the APTA Learning Center and clicking the CEU Certificate/Transcript link on the left-hand side of the page. 

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