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 class: Hilton Garden Inn, 50 Raritan Center Pkwy, Edison, NJ 08837. Location for Cherry Hill class:  Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

Please note –  The following classes are FULL:  January 14 and January 29.

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.

Refund Policy:

Cancellations should be in writing and received no later than 10 business days prior to the program, for a refund minus a $25.00 registration fee.  Registrant may opt to choose another program, in which the full course fee will be transferred, if this request is no later than 10 business days prior to a program.  Cancellations received less than 10 days prior to the program will receive a credit slip for another class. The credit slip will be in the amount of the full tuition. No cash or credit card refunds will be issued. Same day cancellations or failure to show for a program will be responsible for the full tuition and registration fee with no refund or transfer.





Additional information


Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:00-8:45pm in Cherry Hill, Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6:30-9:15pm in Fairfield, Wednesday, January 29, 2020 6:30-9:15pm in Fairfield