Welcome to APTA Pennsylvania, a chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association

APTA Pennsylvania is a chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and represents more than 5,700 dedicated physical therapy professionals and students across the commonwealth. With educational opportunities, networking, and resources for the PT professional, APTA Pennsylvania is committed to fostering advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education for its members and its community.

URGENT UPDATE: Licensing Waiver Deadlines Extended

On Sept. 30, Governor Wolf signed Act 73 of 2021. This bill allows licensing waivers that were set to expire on Sept. 30 to remain active until March 31, 2022, unless additional action is taken to end them sooner. Review the COVID-19 Suspensions.

Waivers that will remain in effect until March 31, 2022 for Physical Therapy:
Licensed Health Care Practitioners providing Telemedicine Services: This waiver allows health care professionals licensed under any of the Department of State's BPOA licensing boards to provide services to patients via telemedicine during the coronavirus emergency. See the Practice & Research page for more information on telehealth as a method of practice.

Supervision Requirements for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants: This waiver suspends all statutory and regulatory requirements for physical therapy licensees that call for direct supervision or require contact/interaction (of physical therapist assistants) that is "in-person," "face-to-face," "on-site," "on the premises" or the like.

Waivers that have expired and are not reinstated by Act 73 of 2021:
Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant Examination Prior to Graduation: This waiver allowed students about to graduate to take the licensure examination prior to graduation. Expired: Aug.17, 2021.

Expansion of Physical Therapy Scope of Practice: This waiver expanded the scope of practice that called for "Face-to-Face", "In-Person", or "On-Site" interaction, and also delineated other tasks that could be performed with proper training. Expired: Aug. 31, 2021.

IMPORTANT Request for PTAs:

Medicare Part B Differential: Impact on the PTA | APTA is asking PTAs to comment on this quick, four-question survey. Responses will help APTA's advocacy efforts at CMS and on Capitol Hill!

Important Message to PA Licensed Therapists

6/28/2021: COVID Mitigation Updates

From PA.gov: Responding to COVID-19 | PA.GOV: “COVID-19 mitigation measures have been lifted in Pennsylvania. Businesses and organizations may continue to implement mask policies.
All businesses and individuals are encouraged to follow CDC safety guidance.


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ATTENTION MEMBERS: APTA PA Fall 2021 Elections are OPEN!

Cast your vote for the 2021 Chapter, District and Special Interest Group (SIG) in one of the following positions:

  • Chapter Vice President
  • Chapter Nominating Committee Member
  • Officers for Districts and Special Interest Group or groups to which you belong

Here's what you will need to log in:

  • Your APTA Member ID
  • Your Last Name

Once you login, look through the nominees and make your selections. You will have the option to cast "Write In" votes. Voting is only open to Active, Retired and Lifetime PT/PTA members. Voting will end Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 11:59 p.m.

Submit your vote today!

APTA PA Printed Newsletter Opt-Out

Starting in 2022, we would like to extend members the option to opt-out of receiving the physical newsletter. All members will still receive an electronic version of the newsletter via email, and you can contact the APTA PA Office to opt back in at any time. Submit your APTA PA annual newsletter opt-out here.

Foundation for PT Research Now Accepting PODS Scholarship Applications

The FPTR began accepting applications for its Promotion of Doctoral Studies i & II on Oct. 8. Application deadline is Jan. 5, 2022 - read more about submitting your application here

APTA PA 2021 Centennial Events

Visit the APTA Pennsylvania Centennial site to register for upcoming events, submit your Flat Mollie photo, review the APTA PA timeline, and more!