Physical Therapy Ethics: Do the Ends Justify the Means?




NJ Physical Therapists are required to complete 4 hours of Ethics and Jurisprudence each biennial license renewal period.  This 2.5 hour Ethics course is approved by the NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval code # 1803-77) and is intended to coordinate with the required 1.5 hour Jurisprudence Assessment Module (JAM) on the NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners website.

Location for Fairfield classes:  The Institute for Continuing Education, 7 Spielman Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004. Location for Edison classes: Hilton Garden Inn, 50 Raritan Center Pkwy, Edison, NJ 08837.

Course Description

This course discusses issues relating to decision-making in health care by exploring various ethical dilemmas. Case presentations allow participants to explore the issues of the case.  Participants will be divided into small groups for case analysis, followed by discussion with entire audience. Relevant information will be provided by presenter as appropriate.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants shall be able to:

  • Utilize the RIPS model to analyze an ethical issues
  • Discuss potential areas of conflict within decision-making locus of authority
  • Analyze case scenarios to allow participants to explore ethical problems relating to cases. Specifically, participants will be asked to:
    • Identify potential outcomes to the cases presented
    • Identify the issues and barriers in the case that may impact obtaining a satisfactory outcome to the dilemma
    • Evaluate whether the potential solution is justified based on the desired outcome of the case.

Method of Instruction: Lecture/Group Discussion

About the Instructor:

Dr. Dennise Krencicki, PT, DPT, MA is an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education in the DPT program of Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey on the Stratford campus. She teaches in the areas of professional issues, ethics, foundational courses and clinical education. She has her BS in PT from Boston University, MA in applied physiology from Columbia and her Post Professional DPT from UMDNJ. She is a trainer for both the basic and advanced APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialing Programs. She has been active in APTA, including serving terms as NJ Chapter President, Chief Delegate, Chair of the Chapter Ethics Committee and Active Delegate for 25 years. She also served as a physical therapist member of the NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, having also served three terms as the Board Secretary and one term as the Vice Chairperson. She was recently appointed to a 5-year term on APTA’s Ethics and Judicial Committee.



Additional information


Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6:30-9:15pm in Edison, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:30-9:15pm in Fairfield, Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:30-9:15pm in Fairfield, Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:30-9:15pm in Fairfield

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