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.
View our centennial timeline 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.
May 8, 2020 / Website
A timeline of the first 100 Years of APTA.
Jan 1, 2021 / Resource
To commemorate APTA's centennial, the association has published a fully illustrated book enumerating 100 of the association's and profession's greatest moments.
May 8, 2020 / Article
Our first century saw war, public health crises, and the continued growth of our association in strength and numbers.
Additional APTA History Content
Apr 12, 2023 / News
The physical therapy profession has evolved, and so has its foundational resource.
Aug 14, 2022 / Statement
APTA President Roger Herr, PT, MPA, provided his annual address on August 14 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC.
May 4, 2022 / News
Elections will be held on July 30 during a virtual meeting of the APTA House of Delegates.
Mar 1, 2022 / Feature
This month, APTA Magazine spotlights the following APTA Centennial Scholars: Nicole Needles, Zach Sutton, Emelia D. McCuen, Amyko J. Wells, Amy Schubert, Patrick Barber, and Brooke Sullivan.
Feb 11, 2022 / News
Darnell's contributions spanned physical therapy education, interdisciplinary practice, specialization, and more.
Feb 1, 2022 / Feature
APTA's Future of Physical Therapy Summit offered inspiration — and a challenge to take risks to help the profession achieve its potential.
Feb 1, 2022 / Feature
New APTA President Roger Herr talks about moving from clinician to manager, how his parents were role models, and his plans for the association.
Jan 18, 2022 / News
In addition to leadership roles in both APTA national and APTA Pennsylvania, Armour was committed to community service.
Dec 6, 2021 / Open Access
Dec 1, 2021 / Feature
APTA's centennial has been about more than our history. It's about where we are today and the possibilities for the profession's next century.