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)

Carolyn Haggerty
Carolyn Haggerty

Acute Care SIG Secretary
Term: 1/1/17-12/31/19

Ethics Committee Member
Term: 1/1/18-12/2021
Pam Pologruto
Pam Pologruto
PPTA Ethics Committee
(Term ends 12/31/19)
Mary Wardrop
Mary Wardrop
Southwestern District
PTA Laision

PPTA Ethics Committee
Term: 5/2017 to 12/31/18


Members of the PPTA Ethics Committee will be presenting Ethics/Law courses in 2018 for the following components: 

SouthWest District

NorthWest District

NorthEast District

Dates and Times will be posted when confirmed.  Continuing Education contact hours will be requested.


Webinar sessions will be presented for the following SIGs:

Geriatrics, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Pediatrics.  Attendance will be limited to members of the respected SIGs.  Dates and Times will be posted when confirmed.

APTA Learning Center Links on Ethics


The APTA Learning Center has a variety of Ethics/Law courses.  Some, but not all, are free to members.  Check carefully to make sure that individual courses are approved for PA - NOT ALL COURSES LISTED QUALIFY IN PA!

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