There Are Several Paths to Membership Eligibility
PTs and PTAs
You must be a graduate of (1) a CAPTE-accredited PT or PTA program (the program must be accredited at time of graduation), or (2) a foreign program deemed substantially equivalent to an accredited program by credentials evaluation. Licensure is not required, but in most cases licensure by a United States jurisdiction will be treated as sufficient evidence of graduation from a program that satisfies (1) or (2). First-time PT and PTA members can choose to submit direct evidence of graduation (diploma or transcripts and, if foreign-educated, a credentials evaluation report) or a copy of a license from any U.S. jurisdiction. Join online (preferred) or download an application form.
PT Post-Professional Students
You must submit verification that you are enrolled full-time in an advanced post-professional program or APTA-accredited residency or fellowship program, or a postdoctoral research fellowship, know your anticipated completion date, and meet all of the qualifications for physical therapist membership (see above).Transition DPT students are not eligible for PT post-professional student membership. This member category is limited to five years for a doctoral program, two years for a master's program, and two years for an APTA-accredited post-professional residency or fellowship program, or postdoctoral research fellowship. Annually at renewal, members who are enrolled full time in an advanced post-professional program or APTA-accredited residency or fellowship program can continue to qualify for reduced dues. Join online (preferred) or access our member application form. Don’t forget your verification form.
Students of Physical Therapy
You must be enrolled in a PT or PTA program that is accredited or is seeking or has been granted candidacy status by CAPTE. Join online (preferred) or access our member application form.
PT and PTA programs submitting student membership applications in bulk can fill out this Excel form and return it via email to StudentMembership@apta.org. Please do not include credit card information in your emailed submission. Check payments may be mailed to: American Physical Therapy Association ATTN: Membership, P.O. Box 75701, Baltimore MD 21275-5701. Call 800-999-2782, ext. 3399, to make a bulk payment over the phone.
Internationally Educated PTs and PTAs
If you received your education outside of the United States at a physical therapy program not accredited by CAPTE, you can apply for membership if you now reside in the U.S. and submit a credentials evaluation or a license from a U.S. jurisdiction that requires a credentials evaluation prior to licensure. If you are a foreign-educated PT or PTA living outside of the U.S., you may be eligible to become affiliated with APTA via the International Partners subscription (see below).
If you are at least 65 years old and have completed at least 30 years of APTA membership, or if you are unable to practice physical therapy due to a permanent disability and have completed at least five years of APTA membership, you may qualify for annually reduced national, chapter, and section dues as an APTA Life Member. Access our Life Member application.
If you are at least 55 years old, have completed at least 20 years of membership, and no longer work in an occupation related to physical therapy, you may apply for Retired Member status with reduced membership dues. Access our Retired Member application.
Other Opportunities To Be Part of the APTA Community
Faculty members who teach in a physical therapy program that is CAPTE accredited, or granted candidacy status by CAPTE, or an APTA-accredited residency or fellowship program, and who are not eligible for APTA membership are invited to become a Faculty Partner, if they are sponsored by an APTA member who is employed by the same institution. Faculty Partners pay an annual fee of $150 and receive online access to member-protected content, including PTJ and the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, plus APTA member pricing on national conference registrations, continuing education opportunities, and merchandise. Join online or access our Faculty Partner application.
Internationally-educated PTs who live outside the U.S. are not eligible for APTA membership; however, they are invited to become International Partners. International Partners pay an annual subscription of $50 US and receive online access to member-protected content, including PTJ and the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, plus APTA member pricing on national conference registrations, continuing education opportunities, and merchandise. See how to become an International Partner.
For questions, contact APTA's member success team at 800-999-2782, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ET or firstname.lastname@example.org.