The Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist (Code of Ethics) delineates the ethical obligations of all physical therapists as determined by American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
The purposes of this Code of Ethics are to:

  • Define the ethical principles that form the foundation of physical therapist practice in patient and client management, consultation, education, research, and administration.
  • Provide guidance for physical therapists facing ethical challenges, regardless of their professional roles and responsibilities.
  • Educate physical therapists, students, other health care professionals, regulators, and the public regarding the core values, ethical principles, and standards that guide the professional conduct of the physical therapist.