APTA membership provides opportunities for engagement and professional growth while supporting our pursuit of the profession's transformative vision. Check out highlights from 2016.
Make the most of your membership by capitalizing on APTA's benefits and value programs, which include multiple discounts that can be combined to surpass the cost of membership dues!
Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC) at PTNow
Popular with PTs, PTAs, and students, the RRC provides information on diseases and conditions, and numerous point-of-care resources, including a collection of exercise images that alone could cost an individual $2,000 to purchase.
Financial Solutions Center
APTA offers a customized online financial education platform and a student loan refinancing program.
Career Starter Dues Program
Student members of APTA who maintain their membership after graduation get a 50% discount on full-member dues the first year postgraduation, plus a free registration to NEXT upon renewal.
Explore the benefits and value of APTA membership:
APTA in Action
Membership revenue contributes to APTA's numerous ongoing activities to support the profession, including:
Advocacy: APTA provides year-round lobbying on Capitol Hill, state advocacy in collaboration with chapters, fundraising through PT-PAC, and member advocacy opportunities through the APTA Action App, the Federal Advocacy Forum, and State Policy and Payment Forum.
Clinical Education: APTA's efforts include supporting the development of residency and fellowship programs through ABPTRFE and the maintenance of specialist certification through ABPTS.
Clinical Practice: APTA's efforts include the development of clinical practice guidelines in collaboration with APTA sections.
Public Awareness: APTA's outreach includes the MoveForwardPT.com consumer information website, visited by millions of Americans annually. The #ChoosePT campaign that raises awareness about the dangers of opioid use has reached millions nationwide through paid advertising, media placements, and public service announcements.
Career Development and Networking
APTA members strengthen their skills, expand their professional networks, and find jobs through the following:
Chapters and Sections: Members get local support from their state chapters and explore their professional passions through 18 specialty sections.
CEU Courses: Members save 40% on hundreds of APTA Learning Center courses, and dozens are free to members.
Clinical Specialist Certification: Members save 45% on combined application and exam fees for ABPTS board certification in any of 9 clinical specialty areas.
Conferences: Members save up to 40% on APTA's 3 signature conferences: the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), NEXT Conference & Exposition (NEXT), and National Student Conclave (NSC). Participants in the Career Starter Dues Program get to attend NEXT free their first year after graduation!
Find a PT: Member physical therapists gain patients and clients through free profiles in the Find a PT database accessed by consumers and other health care providers.
Job Listings: Members receive twice-monthly emails with alerts from APTA's free Red Hot Jobs career center.
Online Communities: Members share ideas and resources at The Hub, APTA's online communities platform.
PTA Pathways: Member PTAs are eligible to improve their knowledge and skills in any of 7 content areas through the Advanced Proficiency Pathways program.
Evidence-Based Practice Tools
APTA members maximize their patient care through the following:
Guide to Physical Therapist Practice 3.0
-the description of the practice of physical therapy-is free for APTA members.
Physical Therapy (PTJ)
, APTA's official scientific journal, is free for APTA members.
Outcomes Registry: Members receive a $100 discount on enrollment in APTA's groundbreaking Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry, which allows clinicians to track and benchmark their outcomes.
PTNow's database of clinical summaries, tests and measures, clinical practice guidelines, and systematic reviews is enhanced with access to journals via ArticleSearch and point-of-care resources via the Rehabilitation Reference Center.
News and Information
APTA members stay informed through the following:
PT in Motion magazine prints 11 issues a year, plus online access, free for APTA members. Early-career members also receive 2 annual editions of Perspectives magazine.
News: Members receive a weekly email digest to PT in Motion News, plus the opportunity to sign up for any of 4 weekly Friday Focus electronic newsletters.
PTeam: Members interested in advocacy can sign up for PTeam to receive federal legislative alerts about issues of concern to the physical therapy profession and patients.
Pulse: Student members receive a free monthly email digest of articles from the student-focused Pulse blog.
APTA members benefit from expert analyses of changing payment legislation and regulations, and guidance on processing payments successfully using the following:
Expert Analysis: Members get free access to staff payment experts through the Insider Intel phone-in series, payment reform community, and other members-only resources.
Fee Calculator: Members receive free access to the Medicare physician fee schedule and multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) calculators.
ICD-10 Assistance: Members receive 15% off the Cypher ICD Logic clinical documentation tool that quickly helps you determine ICD-10 codes.
Discounts and Value Programs
APTA members enjoy a return on their membership investment through the following:
ABPTS Discount: Members save 45% on combined application and exam fees for ABPTS board certification in any of 9 clinical specialty areas.
Car Rental Discount: Members receive up to 25% off car and truck rentals from providers including Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Payless.
Credit Card and Checking Program: Members can earn cash rewards through credit card and checking programs offered by Bank of America.
CEU Course Discount: Members receive 40% discounts on national conferences and individual CEU courses in the APTA Learning Center, which also includes free courses for members.
Hotel Discount: Members receive up to 20% off hotels in the Wyndham Family (including Days Inn, Ramada, and Travelodge), and up to 15% off at Wyndham Extra Holiday locations.
Insurance Programs: Members are eligible for professional, business, and personal insurance options from HPSO, plus auto, homeowners, condo, renters, and boat insurance from GEICO.
Membership Dues Discount: Graduating student members who participate in the Career Starter Dues Program receive a 50% discount in their first year postgraduation, plus free registration to APTA's NEXT Conference & Exposition upon renewal. Many chapters and sections also offer discounts through the program.
Office and School Supply Discount: Members save up to 80% on office and school supplies when shopping at Office Depot and OfficeMax.
Product Discount: Members receive 40% discounts on products in the APTA Store.
Registry Discount: Members receive $100 off enrollment in the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry.
Retail Discount: Members who use the APTA Online Mall, powered by Azigo, receive up to 20% cash back on online purchases from hundreds of popular retailers, including Target, Kohl's, Nordstrom, and Zappos.
Shipping Discount: Members save up to 34% on shipping services via UPS.
Student Loan Refinancing Discount: Eligible members can receive a 0.25% discount off the competitive interest rate as part of the APTA Student Loan Refinancing Program, provided by DRB.
Tax Deductions: The majority of APTA national, section, and chapter dues are tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.
Join or Renew
Join APTA or renew your membership to capitalize on these benefits as you fulfill your individual potential and support your association and profession.