Ethical Considerations for Physical Therapists Practicing in the Home Health Setting

This is one of 5 online modules which comprise the Advanced Competency in Home Health. This course is NOT a pre-requisite to the in-person course scheduled at various times throughout the year - but is a requirement of the program. Click here to view the full course.

The Advanced Competency is awarded only when all you complete all 5 core modules, the in-person 2-day course, and several online elective courses within 18 months of start date. NOTE: Enrollment in the full program is not required to take this online course.

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Course Description:

This one-hour course focuses specifically on the unique ethical challenges physical therapists face during practice in the home health setting. It is intended as a complement to more comprehensive ethics courses for physical therapists. This course references current APTA ethics documents, relevant ethical decision-making models, and relevant ethics literature in an effort to ensure that home health clinicians recognize how ethics should be factored into practice.


Sara Ruhlman, PT, certified lymphedema therapist. Sara graduated from Russell Sage College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. She began practicing in the Outpatient/Sports Medicine setting for the first 16 years of her career. She became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (LeDuc Method) through the Coast-to-Coast School of Lymphedema Management in 1998. At that time, Sara was instrumental in developing, marketing and operating the first Lymphedema treatment center in her region, while employed at Lewis-Gale Medical Center. She was presented with the opportunity to transition into the Home Health setting as a Rehabilitation Director in 2010 and was promoted into the role of the Home Health Administrator at that agency in 2011. Sara is now employed as the Executive Director of the Lynchburg and Bedford, Virginia branches of Gentiva Home Health, an Affiliate of Kindred At Home. As an experienced home health administrator, Sara has gained valuable knowledge of home health regulations and operations. She enjoys mentoring others, building strong interdisciplinary teams, improving processes and developing programs for the benefit of the staff members and the patients and families they serve. Sara has always maintained a strong interest and focus on ethics and compliance during her leadership roles, and has completed a certification in Healthcare Ethics, Law, Management & Policy. She also values the opportunity to volunteer in her community. Sara has guest lectured at Jefferson College of Health Sciences on Vascular Insufficiency and Lymphedema, and is currently the President Elect of the F.R.E.E. Foundation (Foundation of Rehab Equipment and Endowment), in Roanoke, Virginia.

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Completion Instructions

First, review the recorded course presentation.

Second, click on "assessment" in the green menu bar on the right to complete the graded assessment. You must complete it with a minimum of 70% score.

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Sara Ruhlman, PT

Learning objectives

  1. Identify specific ethical issues related to the practice of physical therapy in the home health setting
  2. Identify APTA ethical standards for the practice of physical therapy


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Domains:Sara Ruhlman, Ethics, home health
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