With the ever-evolving physical therapy industry, it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest research and development. By being part of a professional physical therapy association, you are part of a group that is focused on the future. In addition, you will be surrounded by professionals that have the same passion as you - physical therapy.
National Physical Therapy Association
Physical therapists can depend on the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a resource for career development, industry news, networking and more! The association is more than 100,000 members strong and includes physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and students of physical therapy.
This professional association for physical therapy focuses on building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy. Overall, the goal is to improve the health of society. They hope to achieve this through advancing physical therapist practice, research, education and advocacy.
Here are some of the highlights for being part of the American Physical Therapy Association:
- Networking and Career Development: Online communities, CEU courses and conferences are offered to help strengthen your skills and networks.
- Evidence-Based Tools: Maximize patient care with the clinical tool kit, the Physical Therapy Journal and other industry guides.
- Specialized Sections: Members can join sections that specialize in their clinical interests. Some sections even offer special interest groups that deep dive into skills and knowledge within the area of interest.
State-Based Physical Therapy Associations
When you join the American Physical Therapy Association, you also join your state-based chapter of the organization. These chapters allow for more regional involvement and offer many events and opportunities to meet other physical therapy professionals in your geographical location.
Some of the popular chapters include: