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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 ATPA 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 Management

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.

Related Courses and Events

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Deadline APTA CSM Advance Rate Deadline

Jan 11, 2023

Event APTA CSM 2023

Feb 23, 2023
Thru Feb 25, 2023

Event PT Fund Celebration of Diversity

Feb 23, 2023
7-10 p.m.


Additional For Early-Career PTs and PTAs Content

Practicing Physical Therapy in the Gig Economy

Oct 1, 2022 / Feature

PTs share their thoughts on deciding if contract work is the right choice and, if so, how to proceed.

APTA Social: A Unique Approach to Sharing Our Profession

Sep 19, 2022 / Article

If you've ever wanted to share your experience as a PTA with a wider audience, you're not alone. Our guests, Ken Gonzalez, PTA, and Laura Stevens, PTA, host a podcast where they discuss all things related to the PTA profession and their professional journeys.

Advocacy Update

Nov 23, 2021 /

As Congress attends to business in the last days before recess for the year, there are several important issues on the table, including a bill to address the fee schedule cuts, and legislation aimed at the PTA differential.

Message to This Year's Graduates From APTA CEO Justin Moore

May 12, 2021 / Perspective

"You enter a new century of physical therapy in the United States like no other class before you."

Connecting the Mind and Body for Trauma-Informed Care

May 11, 2021 / Perspective

The use of trauma-informed care has the power to change and uproot PT practice as we know it. And like most deconstructive work in life, my discovery of the need for trauma-informed physical therapy didn't come easy.

In a Few Minutes, Access a Wealth of Financial Resources

Apr 9, 2021 / Perspective

APTA is here to help you take control of your financial future.

Financial Resources To Help You in Your Career and Your Life

Apr 1, 2021 / Perspective

After exploring the APTA Financial Solutions Center, I feel more comfortable and in control of my financial situation.

The Emerging Role of Physical Therapists in Wilderness Medicine

Apr 1, 2021 / Feature

PTs have skills and qualifications highly relevant to providing services in the backcountry.

Pursuing a PhD

Feb 10, 2021 /

Two PTs discuss their career journeys and things to consider when pursuing a PhD.

Student Spotlight: APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy

Feb 9, 2021 / Open Access

APTA Pediatrics has close to 6,000 physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, student, and partner members.