The Ethics Committee is responsible for fostering ethical practice in physical therapy as defined in APTA’s Code of Ethics.

The committee shall educate the Membership and the public regarding ethical practices in physical therapy, shall provide a visible presence for the Membership, the public, the insurance industry and legislature regarding activities to prevent and curtail unethical practices in physical therapy, and shall be responsible for hearing ethical complaints against members in accordance with APTA’s Procedural Document on Disciplinary Action. It is made up of four members with one serving as Chair.

Ethics Committee

Mary Ann Wharton (West Central)
Mary Ann Wharton, PT, MS
Ethics Chair (Term ends 12/31/18)
Geriatric SIG Chair (Term ends 12/31/19)


Kelley Moran
Northeast District
PPTA Ethics Committee
(Term ends 12/31/20)

Pam Pologruto
Pam Pologruto
PPTA Ethics Committee
(Term ends 12/31/19)

APTA Learning Center Links on Ethics

APTA Learning Center   The following courses are approved for PA Ethics Contact Hours - All are free to APTA/PPTA members.

Professionalism Module 3:  Ethical Compass (3 Ethics Contact Hours)

Preventing Fraud, Abuse, & Waste:  A Primer for Physical Therapists (1 Ethics Contact Hour)

Professionalism Module 2:  History of Professionalism in Physical Therapy (2 Ethics Contact Hours)

*APTA acquired pre-approved provider status with the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy in 2011. Please contact the Post-Professional Learning Department at or 703.706.3206 if you have a question about whether a particular course has PA State Board approval or  to obtain the relevant approval information according to your date of completion.

APTA Links on Ethics

How to File an Ethical Complaint

Steps to Take 

  • Consult with Chapter Ethics Committee
  • Report any egregious concern that requires immediate legal action
  • Attempt to resolve ethical concerns
  • Mail a signed, notarized letter outlining an unresolved ethical concern to APTA’s Ethics & Judicial Committee