Who We Are
The District of Columbia Physical Therapy Association (DCPTA) is a professional organization representing almost 300 members who are physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students. DCPTA is a chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a national professional organization representing more than 72,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.
The mission of the DCPTA, the local chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association and primary voice for the American Physical Therapy profession, is to promote advocacy, service, and dissemination of knowledge to its membership, the profession, and the community at large.
To establish the District of Columbia as a center for physical therapy excellence: through self-regulation, education, professional support, research, commitment to DC public health, recognition of professionals, and maximization of membership in the Association.
To improve communication with members and the general public, provision of professional resources, and promotion of this organization’s name with the creation of an executive director position and increased use of resources available for printed and internet-based communication.
APTA Vision Sentence for Physical Therapy 2020
By 2020, physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy, recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health.
APTA Vision Statement for Physical Therapy 2020
Physical therapy, by 2020, will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy and who may be board-certified specialists. Consumers will have direct access to physical therapists in all environments for patient/client management, prevention, and wellness services. Physical therapists will be practitioners of choice in patients'/clients' health networks and will hold all privileges of autonomous practice. Physical therapists may be assisted by physical therapist assistants who are educated and licensed to provide physical therapist directed and supervised components of interventions.
Guided by integrity, life-long learning, and a commitment to comprehensive and accessible health programs for all people, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants will render evidence-based services throughout the continuum of care and improve quality of life for society. They will provide culturally sensitive care distinguished by trust, respect, and an appreciation for individual differences. While fully availing themselves of new technologies, as well as basic and clinical research, physical therapists will continue to provide direct patient/client care. They will maintain active responsibility for the growth of the physical therapy profession and the health of the people it serves.