Ethics for Occupational Therapists: 1 Hour

Ethics for Occupational Therapists: 1 Hour 

Occupational therapy professionals are regularly confronted with a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas throughout their career including interactions with other staff and with patients. Their decisions can have long-range effects professionally and personally for providers, patients, healthcare entities, and for society as a whole. This requires that occupational therapy professionals understand the definition of ethics and the ethical decision-making process.  Ethical decision-making is the process in which various alternatives are evaluated and chosen based on ethical principles. In making ethical decisions, it is necessary to understand and eliminate any unethical options and select the best ethical alternative (UC San Diego, 2016).
This course will address ethical and moral dilemmas which all healthcare providers, including occupational therapy professionals, will likely experience at some point. The ethical decision-making processes will also be reviewed and ethical case studies will be presented. This course aims to assist the OT and OTA professional in understanding their ethical responsibilities and how to attempt to make the best decisions in practice, decisions which will be both ethical and effective.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

American Occupational Therapy Association


Relias Learning is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 3. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RTS-0-EOT1H
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Define morals, ethics, and the law as related to the occupational therapy profession.
Describe the main principles of healthcare ethics.
Identify the eight steps involved in resolving an ethical dilemma.
Apply elements of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Code of Ethics to case studies to resolve mock ethical dilemmas.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Morals, Ethics & Law

Ethics vs. Morals

Ethics vs. Law



Section 3: Ethical Principles and Dilemmas

Healthcare Principles

Methods to Resolve Ethical Dilemmas

Integrating Theory into Practice



Section 4: Code of Ethics

Codifying Ethics

Mock Case Scenarios



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Staff Writer: Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L
Laurel Koss MS, OTR/L, attended the University of Pittsburgh and completed her Occupational Therapy degree from Duquesne University. With over 21 years in clinical occupational therapy settings, Laurel has experience in skilled nursing facilities, outpatient orthopedic and neurology, long term care, rehab, and acute care. She also has extensive training and experience in upper extremity amputee care, orthotics and prosthetics, and research and development. Laurel has been an adjunct professor for Saint Petersburg College and Nova Southeastern University, Tampa campus and is currently an occupational therapy writer for the PAC (Post-Acute Care) team with Relias. Disclosure: Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry, intermediate, and advanced level Occupational Therapists; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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