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  • APTA Reaches 100K Member Milestone

    It's official: APTA is now 100,000 members strong.

    Just how many people is 100,000? It's more than would fit in the Rose Bowl, or the Cotton Bowl, or Wembley Stadium in London. The APTA population is larger than the population of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and just about the size of Charleston, South Carolina, or Green Bay, Wisconsin. It's a big number, to be sure, but more important for APTA, it's a number that represents an opportunity for the physical therapy profession to give even stronger voice to its commitment to patient-centered care.

    The association reached the milestone on August 4, after a spring and summer campaign highlighting the ways APTA membership benefits both the individual member and the profession as a whole. The accomplishment comes as the association begins readying itself for its centennial in 2021, and amid a rapidly changing health care environment.

    "I could not be more pleased that APTA has reached this incredible milestone," said APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, in a news release. "Membership enables personal development and accelerates our profession's collective progress. With health care rapidly evolving, there's never been a more important time to combine our strengths in pursuit of APTA's bold vision of a society transformed through optimized movement."

    The physical therapist whose membership got APTA to the 100,000-member milestone is Sam Seybold, PT, DPT, of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Seybold rejoined APTA after taking an assistant professor position at Langston University.

    “With rapidly changing technology and research, now more than ever it’s important to keep up and stay abreast of all the new stuff,” said Seybold, who cited the camaraderie of interdisciplinary health care teams as 1 of his favorite aspects of being a physical therapist.

    Are you a former member of APTA? Explore the expanded list of benefits and join today!

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    • It should be mandatory that all therapist belong to APTA. All Speech Therapist are required to join ASHA. Think of what we could do then.

      Posted by Dawn Swnaon on 8/9/2017 3:42 PM

    • What percentage of licensed physical therapists,PTAs is 100,000 membership?

      Posted by Clare Lewis on 8/9/2017 4:02 PM

    • A great milestone reflecting tremendous efforts from many. Lett's keep pushing for a higher percentage of PT's that truly appreciate what the APTA has done and continues to do to advance OUR profession.

      Posted by Steve Tippett on 8/9/2017 5:00 PM

    • Lower the price for State and National. You'll get more revenue in return with lots more added members I think. You must have done research- I bet a 20% drop in fee would equate to a more than 20% rise in new member revenue . Anyway, just for consideration...... Thank you.

      Posted by David Gutkind on 8/9/2017 10:10 PM

    • You should put a response to follow the comments above. How else will people know if your listening.

      Posted by Richard J Cowan on 8/10/2017 10:43 AM

    • To Clare: According to figures that I can find, 100,000 APTA members represents approx 30% to 40% of the total PTs, PTAs in the US. I'm disappointed that the percentage was not included in the news release. Hopefully, APTA staff can publish their caaculated percentage in a future news release, and also address whether or not this percentage is growing or decreasing.

      Posted by Randy J Case on 8/10/2017 11:48 AM

    • Clare and others: Thanks for the questions about how APTA membership numbers relate to the overall PT and PTA population. At the end of 2016, there were over 200,000 physical therapists and nearly 100,000 physical therapist assistants licensed in the US. Roughly 3 out of 10 PTs (61,147) were APTA members and roughly 1 out of 10 PTAs (7,180) were APTA members. APTA’s market share of physical therapists (PTs) has hovered at or near the 30% mark for the past decade. For comparison, the benchmark for associations with voluntary membership averages 30%. As of early August 2017, APTA membership stood at 100,560 (65,939 PTs; 8,154 PTAs; 26,457 students). Now that we’ve reached the 100,000 active member milestone, our next goal is to steadily increase the percentage of the physical therapy community who are APTA members. APTA will pursue that goal multiple ways, from exploring new membership models to continuing to strengthen the benefits of membership, which already include enough discounts to surpass the cost of dues (http://www.apta.org/Benefits/). We are very proud of our continued growth, but we are also striving to improve!

      Posted by PT in Motion News Editorial Staff on 8/11/2017 12:18 PM

    • Congratulations on reaching 100,000 in membership. I am proud to say that I was the fiftieth (50th) physical therapist in the country, graduating from the University of Colorado Medical School in 1957.

      Posted by Rozmond H. Kennon, Sr., RPT on 8/22/2017 5:03 PM

    • On behalf of APTA, thank you, Rozmond, for your longstanding membership and your truly inspiring commitment to our profession! Congratulations also to the physical therapy program at the University of Colorado that will celebrate its 70th anniversary in a few weeks!

      Posted by Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD on 8/23/2017 12:07 PM

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