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Ethics Resources

Your IPTA Ethics Committee (composed of an elected volunteer, three-person group of your fellow IPTA members) is happy to assist you with any ethics related issues or questions. Contact the Chapter Office and your questions will be forwarded to the Ethics Committee. In addition, APTA has a number of resources available on their web site for reference.

Center for Integrity in Practice

The APTA Center for Integrity in Practice is a product of the American Physical Therapy Association's Integrity in Practice Campaign. It is designed specifically for physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), educators, students of physical therapy, and leaders to better understand how fraud, abuse, and waste in healthcare impacts the profession of physical therapy, individual PTs, and freedom to practice.

The goals of this center are to help PTs and PTAs identify and understand the risks and possible pitfalls associated with fraud, abuse, and waste. The site will provide specific solutions and resources to reduce those risks and improve care, and to navigate the complex regulatory and payment environment while promoting value and quality in care.

In addition, AOTA, APTA and ASHA created a Consensus Statement on Clinical Judgement in Health Care Settings that can be accessed through the Center of Integrity in Practice website.


Meeting Your Ethics Requirement for Licensure Renewal

Per changes that were adopted in the Rules for the Physical Therapy Practice Act in 2016, prior to September 30th of every renewal cycle, PTs and PTAs must complete at least 3 hours of continuing education that includes content related to the ethical practice of physical therapy as part of the CE hours required for license renewal.

What this means is that...

  • If you are a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) your Illinois license expires on September 30th of each ODD year, and 3 hours of the 20 total hours required for renewal must include content related to the ethical practice of physical therapy.
  • If you are a Physical Therapist (PT) your Illinois license expires on September 30th of each EVEN year, and 3 hours of the 40 total hours required for renewal must include content related to the ethical practice of physical therapy.

IPTA’s Ethics Committee has developed the following guidelines that will help you to decide if a course will meet the ethics requirement:

Program Content Recommendations

  • Presentation and discussion of APTA's “Code of Ethics” and Standards of Ethical Conduct for the PTA”.
  • Instruction in and practice at ethical decision making. It is strongly recommended that this process includes instruction in the RIPS model and involve application of this model in group discussion with the use of case studies for practical application of ethical decision making strategies.
  • Presentation and discussion of jurisprudence and ethical conduct as related to physical therapist practice in the State of Illinois.
  • Include content that is related to physical therapy. A general ethics course would not be accepted (i.e. business ethics).


updated 05.01.2020



Jay Lamble, PT, DPT, MS,NCS, OCS
Chair (2020)
Member: 2018-2020

Julie Rosen, PT, MBA
Member: 2019-2021

Sarah Keller, PT, DPT, NCS
Member: 2020-2022

Want to get involved?
Find out about serving on the Ethics Committee


Need to fulfill your Ethics CE?

 A recording of the Ethics Committee's presentation on "Got Ethics?" has been added to the IPTA store and is available for members, and nonmembers, to view and receive CE! 
*This course fulfills the 3 hour Ethics requirement for license renewal by the State of Illinois

Click here to watch the program and get your CE!

Information on APTA's Revised Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist and Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant

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