Welcome to the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA)

The PPTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life in individuals in society by advancing physical therapy practice, education and research in the state, across the country, and around the world. We strive to increase the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role to follow healthcare providers, lawmakers and the public.

PPTA is a chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and represents more than 5,700 dedicated physical therapy professionals and students across the commonwealth. With educational opportunities, networking, and resources for the PT professional. PPTA is committed to fostering advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education for its members and its community.


On July 13, 2020, Senator Scavello introduced SB 1228 which will explicitly state dry needling is within the scope of practice of a physical therapist and improve direct access in the PA Practice Act. Both these actions will provide optimal outcomes for patient/client management with non-pharmacological means. Current co-sponsors are Sen. Scavello, Sen. Argall, Sen. Yudichak, Sen. Phillips-Hill and Sen. Brooks. The bill has been referred to Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. The Public Policy & Advocacy Committee web page has further resources and talking points about this bill.

PPTA needs you to contact your State Senator and ask for support and co-sponsorship of SB 1228.

To find your state senator, click here and use your address or county information.

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Submit to be a PPTA Centennial Scholar!

The Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) is actively seeking candidates to apply for the Pennsylvania Centennial Scholar opportunity. Learn more and apply today!

"Physical Therapy Advocacy in Action" Micro-Learning Available

Introducing the first in a series of micro-learning related to advocacy, "Physical Therapy Advocacy in Action," brought to you by the PPTA Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. This 13-minute webinar will provide viewers with a basic understanding of advocacy for the PT profession and the use, benefits, and tools of advocacy employed by the PPTA. The webinar may provide benefits no matter where you are in your advocacy journey. Please visit the Public Policy and Advocacy page to view the webinar. 

PPTA Ethics Seminar Registration - NOW Open

Register today for the PPTA Ethics Seminar! During this difficult time, the PPTA leadership wants to ensure members are supported in various ways - especially while many PTs and PTAs are on the frontlines providing care. With that, the PPTA Ethics Committee is excited to offer a new member benefit with a new pace-based Ethics Seminar. Registration is FREE for members and $25 for non-members.

Approved for: 2 Ethics/Law Contact Hours

Learn more & register today!