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

APTA Pennsylvania seeks to improve the health and quality of life in individuals in society by advancing physical therapy practice, education and research in the state, across the country, and around the world. We strive to increase the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role to follow healthcare providers, lawmakers and the public.

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.

ATTENTION: COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Coronavirus vaccinations are currently underway in the Commonwealth for first line health care workers employed in hospital-based systems. As per the CDC guidelines, there are multiple factors to take into account for distribution and receiving the vaccination.  

Distribution of the vaccination is being handled at the state level, based on population numbers, and each state is responsible for determining how it will distribute the vaccine. In Pennsylvania, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine and Governor Tom Wolf have determined that “Every health care worker who wants to be vaccinated will be vaccinated whether or not they are affiliated with a hospital.” 

While vaccinations have begun in hospital-based systems and will begin this week for nursing home residents and facility based living situations, Secretary Levine has not specifically addressed when frontline workers outside of hospital-based systems will receive the vaccination. The Commonwealth has partnered with large pharmacies, CVS and Walgreens, which will provide vaccinations in the near future.  

As soon as APTA PA is aware of details, APTA PA will provide that information. Please continue to visit the website for updates.

*Vaccination locations and contacts for non-affiliated health care personnel will be available after Jan. 6, 2021.

This is an interim vaccine plan from the department. Many components of the COVID-19 vaccine plan remain fluid and continue to be modified and adapted as more announcements and decisions are made at the federal level. The department is continuing to receive feedback and will be modifying this plan and posting public updates to this in the coming weeks.

*This information was pulled from the PA Department of Health website.


APTA is currently seeking feedback on the awareness and use of the new clinical practice guideline, "Physical Therapist Management of Total Knee Arthroplasty" published in the June 2020 issue of PTJ. The survey is very brief, 10 questions, and will take less than 5 minutes of your time.

Complete the survey today!

Research Participation Survey - Rehabilitation Practice Patterns: Evaluating Concussion and Clinical Practice Guideline Adherence

Learn more on the Practice & Research Committee page!

COVID-19 Updates

Watch the "OSHA Infection Control - Post Coronavirus" webinar recording.

View the most recent COVID-19 Update on the Practice & Research Committee page.

View the most recent COVID-19 Telehealth/E-Visit Quick Reference Guide.

Submit your COVID-19 Story

Review the COVID-19 stories from your fellow colleagues and students!

Members: View the Dec. 2020 APTA Practice Update

The Practice & Research Committee has gathered important December 2020 APTA Practice Updates. Go to the Practice & Research Committee page to view this members only resource!

Latest News

Deadline Approaching: APTA Pennsylvania Research Award Grant Applications

The APTA Pennsylvania Practice & Research Committee is now accepting member applications for the 2021 APTA Pennsylvania Research Grant. APTA Pennsylvania has allocated up to $1,500 for this award. Interested investigators should read the Guidelines for Grant Applicants to review the award criteria and determine eligibility.

Eligible investigators are invited to complete and submit the electronic Application for Grant Award by the application deadline on Jan. 31, 2021 at 12 Noon.

For questions, please contact Mary Ann Wharton, Practice & Research Chair at [email protected].