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.

URGENT: Dry Needling and Direct Access Update

On Feb. 25, 2020, Senator Scavello's office sent a memo requesting co-sponsorship for a potential bill to explicitly state the ability of physical therapists to perform dry needling as part of their physical therapy session. The timing was difficult as shortly after this memo, concerns and issues surrounding the pandemic came to the forefront.

In order to move the language and get a bill number, the Senator has asked us to assist with obtaining commitments for at least seven state senators to cosponsor this bill.

PPTA is asking our members to contact their state senators and ask for support and to become a cosponsor. This bill will allow for explicit language of dry needling in our Practice Act as well as provide greater patient/client access with direct access revisions.

Visit the PPTA Public Policy and Advocacy Committee page for resources.

Latest News

PPTA Delegate Elections are OPEN - Vote Today

Cast your vote today for who you want to represent your district in one of the following positions:

  • District Delegate
  • PTA Caucus Representative (voting for PTA members only)

Here's what you will need to log in:

  • Your APTA Member ID
  • Your Last Name (with the appropriate capitalization)

Voting is only open to Active, Retired and Lifetime PT/PTA members (Student members ARE NOT eligible to vote). Voting ends Saturday, July 11 at 11:59 p.m.

Vote 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 Award Submissions Due by July 15

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 PPTA Awards. Do you know someone who should be a recipient for one of the PPTA's prestigious awards? Show your colleagues that you've noticed how hard they've worked & nominate them today! PPTA members are welcome to apply or apply on behalf of another PPTA member.

Review the award criteria and nominate today!