The House of Delegates (House) is an APTA policy-making body comprised of voting chapter delegates, non-voting delegates (the Board of Directors and section, assembly, and PTA Caucus delegates), and consultants. The number of voting chapter delegates is determined each year based on membership numbers as of June 30.
The House meets annually for 3 successive days each spring, during which time delegates make decisions on issues that may have far-reaching implications for the association and for the profession of physical therapy. Business of the House follows parliamentary procedure and is conducted through the introduction of delegate-proposed motions, which may amend APTA's bylaws, direct a course of action, articulate an association attitude on the physical therapy needs of the public or the needs of members, or describe a goal the association wishes to achieve.
The House begins with an opening ceremony and ends with a closing ceremony. Elections for the national offices of APTA are held while the House is in session.
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House of Delegates 2017
Attendance: Any APTA member with a current membership card or with a pass obtained onsite from a student House usher may attend the House by sitting in its gallery (an area behind the ropes of the House proper). Contact your delegate to learn more about the House and/or to become a part of your component's delegation.
Ushers: Ushers get an up-close look at the House in action. Learn more and plan to apply in Spring 2017.
Housing and Travel: The House occurs immediately before NEXT. Visiting member attendees can use the housing and travel information on that site to arrange your stay. Delegates should utilize the resources in the House of Delegates community.
House of Delegates 2016
The 2016 House of Delegates was held June 6-8 in Nashville, Tennessee. APTA members can watch archived video from open sessions.
Business of the House is conducted through the introduction of motions, which may amend APTA's bylaws, direct a course of action, articulate an association attitude on the physical therapy needs of the public or the needs of members, or describe a goal the association wishes to achieve.
Motions are developed by delegates and reviewed by the Reference Committee before being published in Packet I in late April. Motions may then go through numerous revisions before being voted on by the House, including potential revisions during House discussion.
About the Motion Development Process
House of Delegates Community
The House of Delegates Community includes all materials (other than existing policies) related to the House of Delegates. It is available to all APTA members.
APTA Policies & Bylaws