The Professionalism Series consists of 3 modules. 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 APTAʹs 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.

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Completion Instructions

To successfully complete this course, you must open and review all lessons and resources in the course. Once you have progressed through the course lessons and resources, you must take an assessment of learning. You are required to complete the assessment with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit. You may retake the assessment as many times as you like.

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Linda E Arslanian, PT, DPT, MS; Laura Lee (Dolly) Swisher, PT, MDiv, PhD; Jody S Gandy, PT, DPT, PhD

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.



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Domains:Free to Members, Gandy, Ethics and Professionalism, Swisher, Professional Excellence, Arslanian

The following credits are available upon completion of these activities.

Total credits:  0.2
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