The 2017 House of Delegates (House) will take place June 19–21, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts, immediately preceding NEXT, APTA's annual June conference.
The application period to serve as ushers for the 2017 House will open in the spring of 2017. Check back at this page for updates.
The Usher Experience
House ushers have the opportunity to see how the physical therapy profession governs itself and sets professional policies. They get a first-hand look at APTA's House of Delegates, a policy-making body of the association, gain a better understanding of how the profession works, and have the opportunity to learn from dedicated and experienced physical therapists as they set the professional standards for the coming year. House ushers serve an important role in the efficiency of the House, with primary responsibilities as messengers and door monitors during the House meetings.
To be eligible to serve as a student House usher, applicants must:
- Be a current APTA member.
- Be enrolled in a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program or have graduated no more than 7 months prior to the start of the House of Delegates.
- Be able to quickly and efficiently assist in House of Delegates processes, including, but not limited to: running messages, monitoring doors, checking badges, handing out flyers and other materials to delegates, and assisting in the breakdown of the House Wednesday afternoon.
- Be available to volunteer all 3 days of the House.
Selection will be made at random while taking into consideration geographic diversity and equal representation of schools since the last House. In certain cases, spots are held for those academic programs that hold competitions for selection of ushers.
APTA is unable to offer reimbursement for expenses incurred while participating in the student usher capacity. Those selected will be provided snacks and lunch vouchers during House activities.
Use APTA's easy online form to apply to be a House of Delegates student usher. Deadline to apply: Monday, April 4.
If selected to be a student House of Delegates usher, your responsibilities will include:
- Running messages and motions between delegates, to and from the House officers, and between the House officers and computer operators
- Monitoring entry to the House, ensuring that no one enters until the start of delegate reassignment, checking badges or APTA member IDs, or ensuring no one enters if the House is in closed session.
- Distributing flyers and other materials as needed.
- Assisting APTA staff with the breakdown of the House on Wednesday afternoon.
- Assisting with the election process as necessary.
- Quickly and efficiently assisting in other House processes as requested
In order to achieve the speed and responsiveness of student ushers, the House officers ask that selected candidates wear comfortable sneakers, khaki pants or walking shorts, and a white button-up shirt or a white polo. The selection of clothing should be appropriate to wear in the clinic. Please do not wear short shorts or low cut blouses.