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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.

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APTA Centennial

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100 Milestones of Physical Therapy

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Additional APTA History Content

APTA Centennial Sponsorships and Giving Prospectus

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.

'100 Milestones of Physical Therapy' Celebrates the Profession's Proud History

Feb 19, 2020 / News

A web-based, multimedia journey through the past 99 years of the profession.

Celebrating 100 Years With Exciting Plans for 2021

Dec 1, 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.

5 Ways the US Military Has Shaped the Physical Therapy Profession

Nov 8, 2019 / Perspective

Recognizing the unique role and contributions of the military in advancing the physical therapy profession.

A Mission-First Brand in the Making

Nov 1, 2019 / Feature

APTA will officially roll out its new brand in 2020. Here's what to expect.

50th Mary McMillan Lecture – NEXT 2019

Aug 16, 2019 / Article

Thomas G. McPoil, PT, PhD, FAPTA, discusses his Mary McMillan Lecture at APTA’s NEXT 2019 in Chicago.

PTJ Publishes Its 1,000th Issue

Aug 5, 2019 / Article

Here's a look back at the 1921 issue.

President Dunn’s 2019 House of Delegates Address – NEXT 2019

Jun 28, 2019 / Article

APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, addressed the House of Delegates, June 10, 2019.

2019 Presidential Address

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.

Celebrating A Milestone: 50 Years of PTAs

May 1, 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)