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Mary Ann Wharton PT, MS

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Title: Curriculum Coordinator, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
School: Health Sciences
Academic Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: 814-472-3123
E-mail: mwharton@francis.edu
Office Location: Stokes Building, Suite 229
Additional Contact Information: fax: 814-472-3140


  • BS, Ithaca College
  • MS, University of Pittsburgh


Clinical & Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Ethics and Values in Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Fall Prevention

Teaching Activities

  • PHTH 430 Health Care Systems 1
  • PHTH 530 Health Care Systems 2
  • PHTH 431 Health Care Systems 3
  • PHTH 532 Health Care Systems 4
  • PHTH 552 Patient/Client Management 6 - Clinical Interventions
  • PHTH 553 Special Topics in Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
Professional Activities & Memberships
  • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Delegate: APTA House of Delegates
    • Member:  Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Health Policy/Administration Section, Education Section, Neurology Section.
  • Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
    • Chair Ethics Committee
    • Vice Chair Geriatric Special Interest Group
Publications and Presentations
  • Wharton MA.  Ethics?  Who Has Time for That?  Pennsylvania Physical TherapyAssociation.  Summer 2014.  http://www.ppta.org.  Posted5-29-2014.

  • Wharton MA.  Ethics,fraud and abuse, and professional integrity. A commentary on “Addressing PT’s Biggest Threat.”  Pennsylvania Physical TherapyAssociation.  Spring 2014.  http://www.ppta.org.  Posted3-3-2014.

  • Wharton MA.  Acommentary on health care reform, professionalism, and ethics.  Pennsylvania Physical Therapy AssociationNewsletter.  2013;35(1):9-10.

  • Wharton MA.  Ethics. In:  Kauffman TL, Barr JO, MoranML, Scott RW, eds.  Geriatric Rehabilitation Manual. 3rd ed.  Edinburgh,United Kingdom:  Churchill Livingstone;  Accepted for Publication 3-28-13.

  • Wharton MA.  Ethicsand CEU’s:  what’s the connection?  Pennsylvania Physical Therapy AssociationNewsletter.  Spring 2013.  http://www.ppta.org.  Posted3-8-13.  http://www.ppta.org

  • Jensen GM, RandallAD, Wharton MA.  Cognitive impairment inolder adults:  the role of ethical mindfulness.  Topicsin Geriatric Rehabilitation.  2012;28(3):163-170.

  • Wharton MA.  Environmental Design:  Accommodating Sensory Changes in theElderly.  In:  Guccione, AA, Wong RA, Avers D, eds.  GeriatricPhysical Therapy.  3rd ed. St. Louis, MO:  Elsevier Mosby;  2012:104-120.

  • Wharton MA.  Whenpatient care clashes with accountability to the health care system:  lessons in the code of ethics.  Pennsylvania Physical Therapy AssociationNewsletter.  2012;34(1):12, 21.Wharton MA.  Enhancing Professional Accountability:  Inquiry into the Work of a HealthProfession’s Ethics Committee.  In:  Purtilo RB, Jensen GM, Royeen CB, eds.  Educatingfor Moral Action:  A Sourcebook in Healthand Rehabilitation Ethics. Philadelphia, PA:  FA DavisCompany; 2005:131-143.

  • Will I Get Sued or Lose My License?
    North Central District, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
    Williamsport, PA
    May 22, 2014 

  •  Ethical Issues in Clinical Education
    Saint Francis University, Department of Physical Therapy
    Loretto, PA
    May 21, 2014 
  •  Am I Being Ethical?  Applying contemporary Ethical Theories and the Code of Ethics to Physical Therapy Practice
    West Central District, Pennyslvania Physical Therapy Association
    Loretto, PA
    March 29, 2014

  • Will I Lose My License?  A MockTrial Illustrating Ethical and Legal Issues in Clinical Practice 
    WestCentral District, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
    Loretto, PA
    March 29, 2014 

  • Ethicsin Acute Care
    Acute Care Special Interest Group, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association.
    Online Webinar
    February 13, 2014 

  •    Predicting and Preventing Falls in Older Adults
    Rural Telehealth and Advanced Technologies Conference
    2013 Updates for Healthcare Providers
    DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness
    Loretto, PA
    September 20, 2013 

  • Ethical and Legal Standards of Care:  A MockTrial for Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists
    Fox Continuing Education
    Cherry Hill, New Jersey
    September 14, 2013

  • I’m Being Sued for What?  A Mock MalpracticeTrial
    NorthCentral District, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
    Williamsport, PA
    May 9, 2013 

  • Why Me?  A Mock Trial Emphasizing Defense andRisk Management Strategies
    Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference
    Valley Forge Pennsylvania
    October 16, 2011 

  • Codeof Ethics:  Not a Book of Rules.  In Teaching Ethics and Professionalism in Rehabilitation:  An Interprofessional Workshop
    Laura Lee Swisher, PT, MDiv, PhD, Mary Ann Wharton, PT, MS, Regina Doherty,OTD, MS, OTR\L, Gail Jensen, PT, PhD, Ruth Purtilo, PT, Lee Nelson, PT, DPT, Denise Wise, PT, PhD, Carol M. Davis, PT, PhD, Ernest Nalette, PT, PhD
    APTA Combined Sections Meeting – Education Section Pre-conference workshop.
    San Diego, CA
    February 17, 2010 


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