What is the Academy of Physical Therapy Education?

The Academy of Physical Therapy Education, one of the oldest of the American Physical Therapy Association, is dedicated to the development of each new generation of physical therapy practitioners, a dynamic cadre of academic educators, and a store of knowledge useful to consumers for enhancing their own musculoskeletal health. The Academy serves as a point of contact for those interested in patient and professional education, and a mechanism for networking and professional development. The operative philosophies that support the entire Academy of Physical Therapy Education involve a commitment to excellence in education, scholarship about education and leadership within the profession that relies so heavily on the teaching and learning process to support and maintain health.

The Academy of Physical Therapy Education is committed to meeting the needs of all persons concerned with the progress, growth and development of education in physical therapy. Academy members recognize that education in physical therapy is a multi-faceted process including didactic and clinical components which are implemented in a variety of learning environments. In some way, every physical therapists and physical therapist assistant is engaged in education: with patients, clients, and families, with students and colleagues, and with their own professional development. It is the purpose of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education to support these educational efforts through communication among our members and with our professional community, through action within our Association and in our educational environments, and through investigation and scholarship related to education in physical therapy.

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Academy of Physical Therapy Education Activities

  • Programming at both CSM and Annual APTA conferences
  • Sponsoring annual pre-conference workshops at CSM meetings
  • Publishing the Academy of Physical Therapy Education Bulletin (the Official Member Newsletter of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education)
  • Representing the membership on educational issues to various APTA components, task forces, and to the APTA Board of Directors
  • Conducting national conferences on educational issues in physical therapy
  • Supporting three special interest groups within the Academy

Membership Benefits

  • Academy of Physical Therapy Education Web site –keep up-to-date on Academy activities and resources, www.aptaeducation.org.
  • Connect with over 3000 other PT professionals through the Academy Listserv. The Listserv is also open to individuals in academic settings. To join now, visit the listserv page.
  • Receive a new member welcome email within 60 days of becoming a member, including a membership form to join any or all of the special interest groups.
  • All members receive JOPTE four times a year.
  • Members can participate in the Academy’s election process and will receive a ballot to elect Academy officers.
  • Blast e-mails go to Academy members with known e-mail. Messages include notification of abstracts being accepted for CSM, deadlines for submission of articles for JOPTE, reminders to register for upcoming courses, etc.
  • Leadership Opportunities - Academy of Physical Therapy Education members are encouraged to become active as a committee chair, Special Interest Group leader or Executive Committee member. Members in good standing who have consented to serve are eligible for election to office.
  • A Voice in the Education Field -- Your Academy delegate speaks on behalf of your interests at the APTA House of Delegates.
  • Receive Reduced Rates on Education Programs
    • Pre-conference courses at APTA’s CSM Meeting
    • Academic Administrators Special Interest Group meetings
    • Clinical Education Special Interest Group meetings

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Partner Program

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The Academy of Physical Therapy Education (APTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is seeking to partner with educators outside the United States and other professionals within the US who do not qualify for APTA membership. With more than 3,000 current members, APTE is one of the largest specialty sections of APTA. APTE is committed to meeting the needs of all persons concerned with the progress, growth and development of education in physical therapy. Section members recognize that education in physical therapy is a multi-faceted process including didactic and clinical components which are implemented in a variety of learning environments. This makes the Interprofessional Partners Program of APTE the ideal choice for professional physical therapy educators.

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