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APTA bylaws, positions, standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures are adopted and amended by the Board of Directors and the House of Delegates using parliamentary procedure.

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Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education Programs

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

House position: APTA's Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education is the  one agency for accreditation of physical therapy education programs

APTA CEO Performance Assessment

DECEMBER 21, 2015

Board policy: The APTA Board of Directors will conduct an annual review of the performance of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

APTA's Name and "Mark"/Logo Usage

SEPTEMBER 03, 2019

Board policy: The association’s official mark/logo and other brand elements developed by the association according to its Brand Guidelines are the property of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

CEO Succession Planning

JULY 09, 2012

Board policy: Outlines the process that will occur in the event of a departure or dismissal of APTA's Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Charitable Contributions

APRIL 26, 2019

Board policy: Describes how APTA makes charitable contributions and the handling process for contribution requests.

Chief Executive Officer

JULY 30, 2012

Board policy: Describes the role and responsibilities of APTA's Chief Executive Officer.

Editorial Corrections of Association Actions

JULY 30, 2012

Board policy: Outlines the process to make editorial corrections in association programs or policies. 

Goal of APTA Governance

JULY 30, 2012

Board policy: Describes the goal of APTA's governance.

Emerging Leader Award

JULY 30, 2012

Board policy: Describes the purpose, eligibility and criteria for selection for the Emerging Leader Award
APTA Honors & Awards

JULY 27, 2020

Board policy: Policy and procedures regarding APTA's Honors & Awards Program.
Establishment of an APTA National Award

JULY 27, 2020

House Policy: Details on Establishing an Award to Recognize the Contributions of a Member or Establishing a Corporate-Sponsored Award.

Component Bylaws Approval Process

AUGUST 23, 2013

Board procedure: Outlines process to approve component bylaws. 

Association "Mark"/Logo: Use by Components

AUGUST 01, 2012

House policy: Outlines how components shall incorporate the APTA "mark" or logo into their communications.

Collection of Component Dues

AUGUST 01, 2012

Board policy: Describes how component dues will be collected.

Component Document Review

AUGUST 23, 2013

Board policy: Describes the submission and review process for component policies, position statements or "white papers", practice guidelines and mission and vision statements.
Component Financial Reporting

DECEMBER 20, 2019

Board policy: Describes the financial documents components are required to submit for annual review.
Physical Therapist Assistant Caucus

DECEMBER 21, 2015

Board policy: Describes the purpose, composition, and operations of the Physical Therapist Assistant Caucus.
Physical Therapist Assistant Caucus Delegates

DECEMBER 20, 2019

Board policy: Outlines the qualifications, terms, and election of Physical Therapist Assistant Caucus Delegates.
Section Assembly Annual Meetings

AUGUST 01, 2012

Board policy: Describes annual meeting requirements for sections and assemblies.
Section Name, Purpose or Object Changes

DECEMBER 22, 2015

Board policy: Describes the review process for amendments related to a section's name, purpose, or object.

American Board of Physical Therapy Residency And Fellowship Education

OCTOBER 04, 2019

Board guideline: American Board Of Physical Therapy Residency And Fellowship Education

Best Practice in Mentoring in Physical Therapy

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Provides information on best practice for mentoring colleagues, physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students, postprofessional students, residents and fellows.

Guidelines to Promote Excellence in Clinical Education Partnerships

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House guideline: Provides guidelines and describes aspects of the clinical partner site, the site coordinator of clinical education, and the clinical instructor that are necessary to promote excellence in clinical education.

Commitment to Interprofessional Education and Practice

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Describes the core competencies that should be integrated into education and practice initiatives to support interprofessional education and practice.

Definition of Underrepresented Minority Populations in PT Education

AUGUST 28, 2014

House position: Defines the term "underrepresented" in relation to physical therapy education.

Educational Degree Qualifications and Nomenclature for PTs and PTAs

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Describes the minimum professional education qualification for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Enhanced Proficiency and Continuing Education for the PTA

AUGUST 31, 2018

House position: Describes how physical therapist assistants may participate in continuing education.

Financial Transparency of Physical Therapy Education Programs

AUGUST 20, 2020

House position: Supports collaboration among all physical therapy education stakeholders to achieve financial transparency.

Guidelines: Professional Oath for Physical Therapists

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House guideline: Describes the association's position on the use of a professional oath for physical therapist students and for physical therapists to reflect on their commitment to patients, clients, society and the profession.

Quality Standards and Excellence in Physical Therapy Education Programs

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Outlines expectations for all physical therapy education programs in meeting quality standards.
Role of PT Education Programs in Promoting Membership

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Describes the role of physical therapy education programs in promoting membership with the American Physical Therapy Association.

Guidelines: Recruiting and Hiring Internationally Educated Physical Therapists

JULY 27, 2012 

House guideline: Outlines the process to recruit and hire internationally-educated physical therapists.

Worldwide Physical Therapy

AUGUST 30, 2018 

House position: Describes the role the association and its members will have with the World Confederation for Physical Therapy and other organizations to enhance physical therapy services.

Endorsements

APRIL 14, 2014

Board policy: Describes the association's position on endorsements in various contexts.

Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist

JUNE 01, 2019

House standard: Outlines and describes the code of ethics for physical therapists.

Commitment to Person-Centered Services

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Addresses the responsibility of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to ensure that the best interests of the person remain at the center of services provided.
Core Values for the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Outlines how the core values guide the behavior of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to provide the highest quality of physical therapy services.
Legal and Ethical Expectations for Clinical Education

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Outlines expectations to provide clinical education that complies with legal and ethical standards for patient and client management, is consistent with the association's positions and promotes professional development.
Inclusion of Ethical Standards in Regulatory Documents

JULY 27, 2012

House position: Describes the association's position on the inclusion of recognized ethical standards of the profession in practice acts and/or rules and regulations in all jurisdictions.
Integrity in Serving the Association

JULY 27, 2012

House policy: Describes various circumstances that may create or cause a conflict of interest and outlines general guidance on how to uphold integrity in those situations.
Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant

JUNE 01, 2019

House standard: Outlines the standards of ethical conduct for physical therapist assistants.
Values-Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Lists and defines the values-based behaviors for physical therapist assistants.

Authorization to Establish Accounts and Use Funds

FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Board policy: Describes establishment of financial accounts and the use of funds by designated and authorized staff.

Dues Payment Grace Period

DECEMBER 20, 2019

Board policy: Describes the grace period for membership dues.
Guidelines: Investments

APRIL 26, 2019

Board guideline: Outlines the objectives of APTA's Investment Program.
Indemnification of Board of Members, Appointees, Staff

AUGUST 01, 2012

Board policy: Outlines indemnification of the association's Directors, officers, staff or appointees for any loss which such individuals shall become legally obligated to pay.
Investments Held for Reserve

APRIL 26, 2019

Board policy: Defines investments held for reserve and the annual goal for the assets in this category.
Travel and Meal Reimbursement

APRIL 26, 2019

Board policy: Outlines travel and meal reimbursement procedures for the association.
Unbudgeted Expenses

DECEMBER 16, 2019

Board policy: Outlines procedures related to unbudgeted expenses exceeding $50,000 not related to personnel.

Board of Directors as a Delegation to the House of Delegates

SEPTEMBER 06, 2019

Board policy: Outlines the duty of APTA's Board of Directors as a delegation to the House of Delegates.

APTA Board Member Participation in Elections for National Office

JULY 27, 2020

Board policy: Outlines the role of APTA's Board of Directors during the election process.

Code of Conduct

SEPTEMBER 06, 2019

Board policy: Describes and outlines the code of conduct for APTA's Board of Directors.

Conflict of Interest and Disclosure

SEPTEMBER 06, 2019

Board policy: Describes and reaffirms the association's commitment to conducting its activities in accordance with the highest ethical standards.

Councils: Purpose, Member Qualifications, Governance and Deliverables

JULY 27, 2020

Board policy: Describes the purpose of an APTA council and provides information on existing councils within the association.

Vacant Position on APTA's Board of Directors

DECEMBER 20, 2019

Board policy: Outlines the procedures to be taken in the event of a vacancy on APTA's Board of Directors.
Honoraria for Board of Directors

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House policy: Outlines honoraria for members of APTA's Board of Directors.

Acknowledgement of Service and Support in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

AUGUST 20, 2020

House position: Honor the commitment of APTA staff, leaders of our association, and members of our profession in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Americans with Disabilities: Role of the APTA

AUGUST 01, 2012

House position: Outlines role of the APTA as an advocate for full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life and within the profession of physical therapy.

APTA Statement in Support of Essential Health Benefits

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Statement on APTA supporting the inclusion of a defined package of essential health benefits in all insurance plans to ensure individuals have adequate access to comprehensive health services that meet their unique needs.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Outlines how APTA supports certification in basic life support for all physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, student physical therapists and student physical therapist assistants.

Communicable and Infectious Diseases/Conditions: Rights of Patients & Providers

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Describes the rights of patients and providers in physical therapy in relation to communicable and/or infectious diseases and conditions.

Complementary and Integrative Interventions

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Describes APTA's role in supporting the continued use of evidence-based complementary and integrative interventions in physical therapist practice.

Designation of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

JUNE 03, 2015

House position: Describes the designation of individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities, or both, as a medically under-served population.

Genetics and Genomics Competency for Physical Therapists

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Describes the association's position on the concept of genomics competency.

Pro Bono Physical Therapist Services and Organization Support

AUGUST 30, 2018

House guideline: Outlines guiding principles related to member-provided pro bono services or support of organizations that meet the health needs of people who are economically disadvantaged

Health and Social Issues

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Describes the association's role and position regarding health and social issues.

Health Literacy

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Describes the association's position on health literacy.

Impaired Colleagues and Providers

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Outlines expectations for members when addressing problems demonstrated by impaired colleagues and providers.

Naloxone Available where PT Services are Provided

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Describes the association's position on access and use of naloxone as it relates to physical therapy services.

Public Health Crisis of Firearms-Related Injuries and Deaths in the U.S.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Describes the association's position on firearms-related injuries and deaths in the United States.

Principles and Objectives for Health Services in the United States

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Describes the association's position on high-quality services and business models in the United States that are accessible and meet the needs of individuals, patient and client populations, and communities.

Provision of Assistive Technology

AUGUST 01, 2012

House position: Describes the association's position on the provision of assistive technology.

Sexual Harassment

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Describes the association's position on sexual harassment.

Support for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccination Schedules

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Describes the association's position on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended vaccination schedules.

World Confederation for Physical Therapy's Policy Statement: Torture

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Describes the association's position on the World Confederation for Physical Therapy's Policy Statement: Torture.

Support of Environmentally Responsible Practice

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Describes the association's position on environmental stewardship.

Role of Physical Therapy in Palliative Care and Hospice

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Outlines the role of physical therapy in palliative care and hospice settings.

The Role of the Physical Therapist and the American Physical Therapy Association in Behavioral and Mental Health

AUGUST 20, 2020

House position: Supports interprofessional collaboration in behavioral and mental health to enhance the overall health and well-being of society consistent with APTA's vision.
Role of the Physical Therapist and the American Physical Therapy Association in Sleep Health

AUGUST 20, 2020

House positon: Supports collaboration between physical therapists and sleep medicine professionals to enhance the health and well-being of society.
Honorary Membership Proposal Submissions

AUGUST 22, 2016 

Board procedure: Outlines the submission process and required documentation for chapter proposals for Honorary Membership in the APTA.
Honorary Membership Proposals

JULY 27, 2012 

Board procedure: Describes the submission process for chapter proposals for honorary membership in APTA.

Disciplinary Action Procedural Document

MAY 29, 2020

Board procedure: Gives background on the Disciplinary Action Procedural Document.

Access To Durable Medical Equipment

AUGUST 30, 2018 

House position: Access to durable medical equipment.

Public Policy Efforts To Improve Consumer Access To Physical Therapists

AUGUST 30, 2018 

House position: Public policy and payment efforts to improve consumer access to physical therapists.

The Role Of PT In Health Management For People With Chronic Disability

MAY 14, 2020 

House position: Describes the role of PT in health management for people with chronic disease.

Consumer Protection

SEPTEMBER 29, 2019

House position: Consumer Protection Through Licensure of Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants.

Delegate Discount NEXT

APRIL 26, 2019 

Board policy: Delegates and alternate delegates receive a discount of 50% on NEXT Conference.

Catherine Worthingham Fellows Of The APTA

OCTOBER 05, 2018 

Board policy: Membership category and qualifications of Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the APTA.

Establishing Physical Therapy Partners Program

JULY 30, 2012 

Board policy: A Physical Therapy Partners Program acknowledges and provides access for individuals who are not eligible for APTA membership.

Membership Qualifications Prescribed By Board Of Directors

OCTOBER 05, 2018

Board policy: Describes the qualifications for membership in the American Physical Therapy Association.

Waiver Of Dues

JANUARY 10, 2014

Board policy: Details on waiving an eligible member’s association and component dues, in whole or in part, in extreme circumstances.

Affirmative Action

JULY 27, 2012 

House position: APTA is committed to serving the needs of all people who require physical therapy and to meeting the needs of all its members.

APTA Commitment To DEI

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 

House position: The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) supports efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion to better serve the association, the profession, and society.

Cultural Competence Policy

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: The American Physical Therapy Association supports cultural competence as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nondiscrimination

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House policy: APTA opposes discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or health status.

Board Responsibility for Association's Mission Statement

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

House policy: Describes the role APTA's Board of Directors in relation to the association's mission statement.

Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 

House position: States the vision statement for the physical therapy profession and outlines the guiding principles to achieve this vision.

APTA Mission Statement

MARCH 19, 2018 

Board policy: States the association's mission statement.

Candidates Statements

AUGUST 30, 2018 

House policy: The Nominating Committee shall have responsibility to develop questions for candidate statements for individuals slated for national office.

Recommendations And Nominations For National Office

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House policy: Recommendations for elected office in the American Physical Therapy Association may be submitted by any individual member.

Support For Candidates For National Election

AUGUST 30, 2018 

House policy: APTA is committed to having a diverse and inclusive elected leadership team.

Access Admission Patient Client Rights

AUGUST 31, 2018

House position: In providing physical therapy services, the physical therapist is accountable first and foremost to the individual receiving physical therapy.

Acknowledgement of Service and Support in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

AUGUST 20, 2020

House position: Honor the commitment of APTA staff, leaders of our association, and members of our profession in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Annual Visit With A Physical Therapist

AUGUST 31, 2018

House position: Outlines recommendation on how often individuals should visit a physical therapist.

Autonomous Physical Therapist Practice

AUGUST 08, 2012

House position: Physical therapists have the responsibility to practice autonomously in all settings, practice environments, and employment relationships.

Clinical Practice Guideline Endorsement

APRIL 27, 2019

Board policy: The Board of Directors (Board) or Executive Committee (EC) approves all clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) submitted to APTA for endorsement. 

Delivery Of Value Based Physical Therapy Services

SEPTEMBER 21, 2019

House position: Physical therapists embrace and are accountable for best practice standards to provide high‐quality services that promote value, and that all individuals have access to physical therapist services.

Diagnosis By Physical Therapist

AUGUST 22, 2012

House position: Physical therapists shall establish a diagnosis for each patient/client. 

Direction And Supervision Of The Physical Therapist Assistant

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Physical therapist practice and the practice of physical therapy are synonymous. Both phrases are inclusive of patient and client management, and direction and supervision. Direction and supervision apply to the physical therapist assistant, who is the only individual who assists a physical therapist in practice. The utilization of other support personnel, whether in the performance of tasks or clerical activities, relates to the efficient operation of the physical therapy service.

Documentation Authority For Physical Therapist Services

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: The physical therapist has oversight of all documentation regardless of the setting in which physical therapist services are provided and shall comply with jurisdictional documentation requirements.
Electrophysiologic Examination And Evaluation

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Provides an overview of electrophysiologic examinations and evaluations as practiced by physical therapists.
Endorsement Of International Classification Of Functioning, Disability And Heath

AUGUST 07, 2012

House position: The American Physical Therapy Association endorses the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).
Endorsement Of Efforts Addressing The Opioid Health Crisis

SEPTEMBER 02, 2016 / ARTICLE

House position: Outlines endorsement of efforts addressing the opioid health crisis
Evidence Based Practice

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: APTA supports the development and utilization of evidence‐based practice.
Exclusive Use Or Use Of Multiple Biophysical Agents

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: The use of biophysical agents as a standalone intervention, or the use of multiple biophysical agents with a similar physiologic effect, is not considered physical therapy nor is it considered medically necessary without documentation that justifies the use of the biophysical agents for those purposes.
Health Priorities For Populations And Individuals

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: APTA supports the following health priorities for populations and individuals in the areas of prevention, wellness, fitness, health promotion, and management of disease and disability.
Interventions Performed Exclusively By Physical Therapists

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Physical therapists' practice responsibility includes all elements of patient and client management: examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcomes.
Management Of The Movement System

JUNE 03, 2015

House position: Outlines management of the movement system.
Pharmacology In Physical Therapist Practice

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Physical therapist patient and client management integrates an understanding of a patient’s or client’s prescription and nonprescription medication regimen with consideration of its impact on health, function, movement, and disability.
Physical And Chemical Restraints

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: APTA recognizes that inappropriate or indiscriminate use of physical and chemical restraints across the life span is harmful to the quality of life of patients and clients.
Practice and Business Financial Arrangements for Physical Therapists

AUGUST 20, 2020

House position: Supports collaborative practice and business models that are innovative, ethical, and person-centered.
PT And PTA Safe Patient Handling

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Physical therapist and physical therapist assistants in safe patient handling and mobility.
PT Entry Point Health Care

AUGUST 30, 2018

House position: Physical therapists make unique contributions as individuals or members of primary care teams and are entry-point providers into the health care system. Physical therapists provide a broad range of services to optimize movement, including screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, coordination of care, prevention, wellness and fitness, and, when indicated, referral to other providers.
PT Ownership And Operation Of Physical Therapy Services

AUGUST 29, 2018

House position: APTA supports and encourages physical therapist ownership and operation of physical therapy services.
Vestibular Balance

AUGUST 07, 2012

House position: Physical therapists are practitioners of choice in the rehabilitation and management of vestibular-related balance disorders.
PT Role Advocacy

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 / ARTICLE

House position: Physical therapists play a unique role in society in prevention, wellness, fitness, health promotion, and management of disease and disability by serving as a dynamic bridge between health and health services delivery for individuals and populations.
PT-Scope-Of-Practice-Combined

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

House position: An individual physical therapist’s scope of practice is influenced by professional, jurisdictional, and personal scopes of practice.
PT-Documentation-Reform

OCTOBER 01, 2013

House position: APTA shall pursue documentation standards that focus primarily on clinical reasoning and decision making in the provision of physical therapist services.
PT For Individuals With Disabilities

AUGUST 07, 2012

House position: APTA supports the provision of physical therapy services to children with special needs.
PT For Older Adults

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: APTA supports a health system that addresses the health needs of older adults.
Practice Privileges For Physical Therapist Institutional Settings

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: APTA supports physical therapists applying for and being granted practice privileges in institutional settings
Societal Access To And Recognition Of PTS For Disability Eval And Determination

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

House position: APTA supports increased societal access to and recognition of physical therapists for disability evaluation and determination for health, recreation, employment, legal, regulatory, transportation, and insurance purposes.
Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House standard: The physical therapy profession is committed to transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.
Student PT and PTA Provision of Services

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Experiential learning focused on development and application of patient‐ and client‐centered skills and behaviors is a crucial component of the education of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
Position on Telehealth

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Telehealth is a well‐defined and established method of health services delivery.
Association Role Advocacy

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) supports advocacy for prevention, wellness, fitness, health promotion, and management of disease and disability. 
PT Management Concussion

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: APTA supports physical therapists as part of the interdisciplinary team of licensed health services providers who deliver concussion management and rehabilitation.
The Role of Aides in Physical Therapy Service

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Physical therapy aides are any support personnel who perform designated tasks related to the operation of the physical therapy service.
Role Of PT Diet Nutrition

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: Diet and nutrition are key components of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of many conditions managed by physical therapists.
Support of Emergency Physical Therapist Practice

AUGUST 20, 2019

House position: Supports emergency physical therapist practice.
Use of APTA Positions Standards Guidelines Policies Procedures

AUGUST 28, 2014

House position: APTA positions, standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures are intended to communicate best practice for physical therapist practice.
Workforce Planning

AUGUST 20, 2020

House position: Supports and participates in workforce planning efforts with other stakeholders to meet the needs of the profession and society.
Zero Preventable Patient Harm

AUGUST 13, 2020

House position: The American Physical Therapy Association supports efforts by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to transform the delivery of health services and achieve the goal of zero preventable patient harm.

Professional Development Lifelong Learning

JULY 30, 2012

House position: APTA supports the concepts of continuing competence, lifelong learning, and ongoing professional development.

Journal Editor In Chief

OCTOBER 05, 2018

Board policy: The Board of Directors shall appoint the editor-in-chief of the association's journal, Physical Therapy (PTJ).

Opposition POPTS

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 

House position: Opposition To Physician Ownership Of Physical Therapist Services And Self‐Referral By Physicians.

Referral To Physical Therapy

JULY 27, 2012 

House position: Describes APTA's position on referral to physical therapy.

Association Involvement In Research

JULY 30, 2012 

Board guideline: Research is a major component of our society and is essential within the health professions.

Position on Research

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: APTA supports rigorous scientific inquiry as an essential requisite for developing and advancing the physical therapy profession.

APTA Clinical Specialization Policy

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 

House policy: Clinical specialization in physical therapy is a voluntary and unrestricted process.

Clinical Specialization In Physical Therapy

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

House position: The American Physical Therapy Association supports the recognition of physical therapists who have attained voluntary specialization of practice. 

Levels of Supervision

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 

House position: APTA supports the following levels of supervision within the context of physical therapist practice.

Preferred Nomenclature For Provision Of PT Services

AUGUST 29, 2018 

House position: APTA defines and uses the following terms in its documents and publications to promote consistency and a common understanding and use of these terms external to APTA regarding the provision of physical therapist services.
Terminology For Communication About People With Disabilities

JULY 27, 2012

House position: Physical therapy practitioners have an obligation to provide nonjudgmental care to all people who need it.

APTA Board Of Directors Appointed Groups

SEPTEMBER 03, 2019 

Board policy: Describes APTA Board of Directors Appointed Groups.

American Board of Physical Therapy Residency And Fellowship Education

OCTOBER 04, 2019 

Board guideline: American Board Of Physical Therapy Residency And Fellowship Education

American Board Of Physical Therapy Specialties

OCTOBER 09, 2014 

Board guideline: American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy

DECEMBER 22, 2015

Board policy: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy.

World Confederation For Physical Therapy

MAY 13, 2013

Board policy: Describes the role the association and its members will have with the World Confederation for Physical Therapy.

World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress Dubai 2021

AUGUST 20, 2020

House position: APTA censures WCPT for its egregious disregard for human rights and dignity by selecting Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to host WCPT Congress 2021.

World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress Location Selection

AUGUST 20, 2020

House position: Supports WCPT selecting meeting locations for future WCPT congresses that adhere to its current policy statement related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.