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 Legislative Alert: Contact Your Legislators Regarding SB 1160 & 1161

SB 1160 and SB 1161 was introduced by the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Association and would allow ATs to be able to manage “individual” instead of “physically active persons.” 

Learn more and take action today.

IMPORTANT ALERT: New License Waiver Expiration Date

The waiver, Supervision Requirements for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants, will now expire on June 20, 2022.

On May 5, 2022, the PA Department of State issued an update, COVID-19 Suspensions (pa.gov), that issued changes to the licensing waiver expiration dates. The waiver that suspended all statutory and regulatory requirements for supervision of physical therapist assistants, that call for direct supervision or require contact/interaction that is "in-person," "face-to-face," "on-site," "on the premises" or the like is included in the list of waivers to expire on June 20, 2022 instead of June 30.

The waiver Licensed Health Care Practitioners providing Telemedicine Services is still slated to expire on June 30, 2022. For more information on telehealth as a method of practice, please refer to the Practice and Research Committee webpage.

We will continue to monitor Pennsylvania.gov websites and will inform you of any new information as it becomes known.

Practice Resources

Latest News

CoHSTAR & Foundation of Physical Therapy Research Funding Opportunity

The Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR), a multi-institutional center supported by the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, announces that they are seeking to fund a new pilot study. This program can award up to $25,000 for the study selected. The pilot study “may be designed to provide preliminary data that will support larger subsequent funding efforts, or develop infrastructure needed to pursue physical therapy health services research questions.” Applications are now open and Letters of Intent are due Aug. 2, 2022. Learn more!

APTA PA Award Nominations

It's award nomination time! Submit your nominees for APTA PA Chapter, SIG and Student awards by Friday, July 15, 2022.

APTA PA Call for Nominations

Submit today for the APTA PA 2022 Call for nominations! Chapter nominations close Sept. 15. Review the open positions and nominate 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.