The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 95,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role in the nation's health care system.
APTA's national leadership consists of a Board of Directors, a House of Delegates, and multiple committees and other board-appointed groups. APTA members are further represented by the association's state chapters and special-interest sections, each with its own leadership, and a physical therapist assistant caucus and student assembly, collectively called "components." APTA's House of Delegates, which meets each spring, is a representative body of members comprising voting chapter delegates and nonvoting section delegates, among others.
APTA headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. APTA staff and members working on behalf of the association represent APTA's organizational values.
As a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization, APTA's financial information is available to the public. Learn more about APTA.
Last Updated: 1/9/2017