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.
Additional APTA History Content
Feb 25, 2020 / Resource
The centennial is a unique opportunity for our community to engage, celebrate, and serve, as we embrace our rich history and generate momentum toward our exciting future.
Feb 19, 2020 / News
A web-based, multimedia journey through the past 99 years of the profession.
Dec 01, 2019 / Feature
As APTA prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2021, we are charting a course that honors the strength of the past 100 years while preparing for an exciting future.
Nov 08, 2019 / Perspective
Recognizing the unique role and contributions of the military in advancing the physical therapy profession.
Nov 01, 2019 / Feature
APTA will officially roll out its new brand in 2020. Here's what to expect.
Aug 16, 2019 / Article
Thomas G. McPoil, PT, PhD, FAPTA, discusses his Mary McMillan Lecture at APTA’s NEXT 2019 in Chicago.
Aug 05, 2019 / Article
Here's a look back at the 1921 issue.
Jun 28, 2019 / Article
APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, addressed the House of Delegates, June 10, 2019.
Jun 11, 2019 / Statement
Watch or read the annual address by APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, at APTA’s House of Delegates, June 10, 2019.
May 01, 2019 / Feature
Half a century ago, the first physical therapist assistants (PTAs) entered the workforce. Their roles, numbers, and participation within APTA have grown steadily. (This article is updated from an earlier story published in a 2004 issue of APTA's PT: Magazine of Physical Therapy that celebrated the 35th anniversary of the PTA.1)