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.


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.

Current Practice Alert

APTA Advisory Provides Guidance on New Estimate Requirement | IMPORTANT APTA Practice Advisory on new Federal Regulations, effective 1/1/2022, impacting therapists who provide cash-based services or care for uninsured patients.


Practice Resources

Latest News

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 view how we celebrated making 100 years!