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Honorary Membership

The Honorary Membership category is reserved for those who are not licensed physical therapist professionals but have made significant measurable and profound contributions to the profession as a whole. 

How to Submit

The nominations call for the Honors and Awards program is open from Sept. 1- Dec. 1. Chapter proposals for honorary membership in APTA must be submitted by Dec. 1 to Late submissions will not be considered. Selected recipients and their nominators will be notified in May.

Documents required for proposal submission are:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • Letter of nomination that specifically highlights the nominee's contributions as:
    1. Significant to the profession of physical therapy.
    2. National in recognition and scope.
    3. Of unique quality.
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Proposed language for presentation of the nomination to APTA's House of Delegates in the form of a resolution with a preamble (see Appendix A of the nomination form for reference). 
  • Other background materials as appropriate.

Additional Resources

For questions regarding the nomination process or the award, please contact