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APTA has resources to support each #FreshPT and #FreshPTA as they start their careers.

The first years of your physical therapy career are an important time to find your people, build your community, and deepen your connection to APTA. We can help you discover new opportunities and engage with PTs and PTAs in ways that will help you thrive.

Explore volunteer opportunities through the APTA Engage portal. Find out how to be a part of an APTA chapter, academy, or section. Engage your passion through specialty certification. Build lifelong connections through the APTA Hub communities. It's all there for you.

The APTA Early-Career Dues Discount makes joining an easy decision. And additional member benefits, including unlimited access to content and discounts in the APTA Learning Center and Medbridge, help you build momentum that can power you through your entire career.

Recommended Content

Evidence-Based Practice Resources

Dec 19, 2019

Members have unlimited access to resources previously housed at PTNow: Article Search, CPGs, tests and measures, and more!

Financial Solutions Center

Jan 1, 2022

From long-term planning to student loan refinancing, we have resources to assist your financial management.

Career Advancement

Apr 7, 2020

APTA is here to support you as you take your PT or PTA career to the next level.

Residency and Fellowship Education

Nov 7, 2022

APTA recognizes the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as the agency for the accreditation of physical therapist residency and fellowship education programs.

Additional For Early-Career PTs and PTAs Content

2024 Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture

Jun 13, 2024 / Article

Julian L. Magee, PT, DPT, ATC, delivered the fifth Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Physical Therapy on June 13.

APTA Career Center

Mar 6, 2024 / Website

Connecting employers and employees. APTA's Career Center is the place to find the latest in physical therapy jobs, post your resume, or connect with potential employers.

APTA Benchmark Report: Hiring Challenges

Oct 11, 2023 / Report

This report identifies three main hiring challenges.

Regenerative Rehab: The State of Practice Today

Oct 1, 2023 / Feature

Take a look at what recent advancements in regenerative medicine may mean for physical therapists.

Defining Moment: Diagnosing a New Beginning

Oct 1, 2023 / Column

One physical therapist's struggle in DPT school led to an ADHD diagnosis and, eventually, a successful career.

Serving Your Community

Sep 28, 2023 / Article

In this APTA Social we discuss ways to find community engagement and volunteerism opportunities.

Building Your Brand

Aug 24, 2023 / Article

In this video, we will explore the strategies and techniques for building your brand on social media.

2023 John H.P. Maley Lecture

Aug 11, 2023 / Article

Discover the pressing need for translating research findings into practical clinical applications within the field of physical therapy.

2023 Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture

Jun 15, 2023 / Article

By joining forces with other stakeholders, we can collectively work toward enhancing the overall quality of health care and public health outcomes.

53rd Mary McMillan Lecture

May 25, 2023 / Article

The COVID-19 pandemic posed ethical challenges to the physical therapy profession.