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Guidelines for Student Inquiries to APTA

APTA’s Board of Directors and staff receive numerous requests for information and assistance from members and non-members. A significant number of inquiries come from physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students. APTA is committed to providing the highest quality of member service and strives to respond to student inquiries in a timely manner. Based on a careful assessment of the number, scope, and purpose of past student inquiries, the following guidelines have been established:

  1. APTA will respond only to students who are seeking clarification regarding APTA policies, positions, standards, or guidelines.
  2. Student inquiries should include: student’s full name, name of academic institution, the due date for any assignment, and membership status.
  3. As a part of the overall inquiry process, students should consider the following as valuable sources of information and data: program directors, faculty members, students (same program or different program), student special interest groups (SIGs), APTA publications, graduates, or employers. Depending on the inquiry, students should also consider consultation with practicing physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
  4. Students should direct inquiries to APTA only after searching for information on APTA’s Web site and specific chapter or section Web sites. In most cases, student inquiries will be answered only if the information being sought is NOT available anywhere else.
  5. Students should not direct inquiries to APTA that represent a substitute for typical student work expectations. A student’s education experience should require independent discovery, topic selection for papers, literature searches and reviews, literature recommendations, and discussions with faculty members and practitioners.
  6. Students should allow at least 5 business days for a response to any inquiry made to APTA Board members or staff.
  7. Because APTA’s highest priority is to serve its members, responses to nonmember student inquiries will be determined by the recipient of the inquiry (BOD member or staff) on the basis of established priorities and timelines. Nonmembers who are eligible for membership will be invited to join the Association, and their names and contact information will be forwarded to the Membership Department for follow-up.

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APTE Elections 2019 - Call for Nominations - Deadline: December 1, 2018

posted: October 28, 2018

The Academy of Physical Therapy Education looking for energetic and dynamic members to serve.  We have a variety of open positions.  Please read below and

nominate either yourself or a qualified* member of the Academy for this service opportunity. Elections will be held in the spring of 2019. All offices are for a two-year term except Nominating Committee Member which is for a three-year term.


CLICK HERE to complete the nomination form.


APTE Board Positions 



Professional Development Representative-At-Large

Nominating Committee Member


Academic Faculty SIG Positions


Professional Development Representative

Nominating Committee Member


Clinical Education SIG Positions

CCCE Co-chair

Recording Secretary

Nominating Committee Member 


PTA Educators SIG Positions


Nominating Committee Member


Residency and Fellowship Education SIG Positions

Vice Chair

Membership Secretary

Nominating Committee Member


Scholarship of Education SIG Positions

Vice Chair



Anatomy SIG Positions

None at this time


* Qualifications

Only such members of the Section as are provided for the APTA bylaws, Article IV, Section 2, Sub-paragraph B.(3).b and who consent to serve shall be eligible for election to office. The rules of order for the CESIG, SoE and the RFESIG indicate that persons must be in good standing for a period of at least 1 year and requirements for the AFSIG and the PTAESIG is 2 years.



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