Students

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is hosting the National Student Conclave in Louisville, KY October 24-26, 2013. Imagine a weekend surrounded by more than 1,500 students — your friends and future colleagues — from across the country. Imagine one-on-one career advice and recruiters ready to take your résumé. Then imagine yourself at NSC, where it's all about you!

In addition, the APTA of Maryland hosts a regional student conclvae where over 250 students from DC, Maryland, and Delaware attend. This year the event will be November 17, 2013 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis Maryland. This event includes an exhibit hall as well as a special session on speed dating where students have the opportunity to meet with professionals in various focus areas of the profession (sports, peds, ortho, dance, aquatic, oncology, neuro, etc.). We hope DC students will be able to join us for this fun and informative event!

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Membership - Join Now! (Note - Simultaneous payment of both national and chapter dues is required) Student PT/PTA National Membership Annual Dues - $80 Student PT/PTATA Chapter Annual Dues - $0

Social Networking Web Sites Join the APTATA Student Assembly Facebook group, created especially for PT and PTATA students. Visit often to stay informed of upcoming events and information that you won't want to miss. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to upload pictures or videos, start conversations on the discussion board, and leave comments for your friends. You can also become a fan of the APTA Facebook public profile, which features additional updates and insights. You can also find APTA on Twitter, the microblogging service that allows colleagues, friends, and family to stay connected one "tweet" at a time. You can view APTATA's Twitter updates anytime by visiting http://www.twitter.com/aptatweets.

Student Assembly As a dues-paying PT/PTATA student member of APTATA, you're automatically a member of Student Assembly — an integral part of APTATA that will allow you to have opportunities for leadership and growth during your educational process. For more information, access the links below or contact Lisa McLaughlin. The Student Assembly is an APTA component comprised of all student members and focuses on issues relating to students. We are a united group dedicated to advancing the views and concerns of physical therapy students. The Student Assembly serves as the "voice" for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students. We represent students from every accredited or developing education program across the country. The Student Assembly was established to represent the concerns of students throughout the country in our evolving health care system. Student involvement in Association activities is paramount to the future of the physical therapy profession. Involvement in the Student Assembly is a perfect opportunity for students to learn about issues, become involved, and meet lifelong acquaintances. All students must work toward a common goal; that is, to learn about the profession and how to help advance the profession as we move toward managed care.

Save Money With Career Starter Dues! Looking for a way to juggle the costs of student loans and professional membership? APTATA has the perfect solution! If you join APTATA now and are a member at graduation, you will receive a 50% discount on national and chapter dues. Just renew within 30 days after your student membership expires. That's a savings of between $98 and $263, depending on the amount of your chapter dues. APTA offers these discounted student membership rates to future physical therapy professionals as an investment in your future, and in the future of the profession. It's our graduation gift to you! NEW! Act now and you'll have the choice of a complimentary registration to APTA's Annual Conference and Exposition. Questions? Contact APTA's Membership Services Department at 800/999-APTA (2782), ext 3395.

New Professionals Who Are New Professionals? If you’re a physical therapist in the first 5 years of your career, APTA considers you a New Professional. APTA has designed special resources and events just for you. Watch for them throughout the year online and in print!

Career Planning- Build Your Career Event at the Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego 
The next Build Your Career event will be held at CS M 2012 in Chicago, IL. Experienced physical therapists from a variety of backgrounds will be on hand to discuss career paths in each of APTA’s 18 special-interest sections, including orthopedics, pediatrics, education, home health, research, neurology, private practice, and more. Nearly 100 New Professionals attended the Build Your Career event at the Combined Sections Meeting. Gain a New Perspective Perspectives Magazine, APTA’s publication just for New Professionals, is now available online!Check out the September 2009 edition. Be sure to share your perspectives once you’ve read it. APTA has put together a multitude of resources for you as you start your physical therapy career. Click here to access information on:

  • Advancing Your Career
  • American Board of Physical Therapist Specialists (ABPTS)
  • Physical Therapy Degrees, Designations, and other Credentials
  • Self-Assessment Tools (Members only)
  • Guidelines: Student/New Graduate Employment Agreements
  • Portfolio/CV
  • Post-Professional Continuing Education
  • Post-Professional Degrees
  • Practice Management
  • Networking/Communication
  • PTA Continuing Education
  • APTA Board of Directors and House of Delegates Policies
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