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Our association celebrates its centennial in 2021.

Our story began with a calling: to serve those who sacrificed so much for our country in World War I. Where others saw limitation, we saw potential.

Since our founding in 1921, we have moved forward together, with a passion and commitment to transform lives and strengthen our profession.

Visit our centennial website to see how you can participate in our celebration of APTA's first 100 years.

Watch our APTA Founders' Day Celebration. And get your centennial gear in the APTA store.


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Additional APTA History Content

Charlene Portee To Deliver 2021 Woodruff Lecture on DEI

Apr 28, 2021 / News

The second annual event, set for June 17, will explore the profession's readiness for change.

Making History, One Woman at a Time: Women PTs Share Their Inspirations

Mar 19, 2021 / Perspective

We asked seven APTA members about the women who inspired them in their chosen profession, and how they in turn hope to impact the future of physical therapy. Here's what they had to say.

APTA's Founders' Day Celebration Puts the Profession's Values Front and Center

Jan 19, 2021 / News

The association's virtual celebration of its 100th birthday was all about thriving as a community.

Founders' Day Lecturers See the Possibilities

Jan 19, 2021 / News

What's one of the best ways to honor 100 years of APTA history? Talk about how bright the future looks because of it.

Legendary Physical Therapist Advocate Clem Eischen Dies

Jan 12, 2021 / News

Eischen's drive and creativity were instrumental in the passage of historic legislation to include outpatient PTs under Medicare Part B.

Join Us for a Once-In-a-Century Party on Jan. 15

Jan 12, 2021 / News

Our APTA Founders’ Day Celebration is one of several can’t-miss events happening over the next few weeks.

APTA Board of Directors Kicks Off Centennial Year With $100k to APTA’s PT Fund

Jan 5, 2021 / News

One of the best ways to honor the physical therapy profession's proud past is to invest in its future.

APTA in 2020, Part 1: Leadership in a Pandemic

Dec 14, 2020 / News

During a challenging time, the value of the APTA community has been crystal clear.

New APTA HQ Conference Center Honors Paris and Patla Donation

Dec 2, 2020 / News

The top-floor gathering spaces will be named in recognition of the husband and wife team's donation to the Minority Scholarship Fund.