Celebrating Our Centennial

In 2021, we will celebrate 100 years as a member association—and launch our next century as the largest community for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students.

On this landmark occasion we want to embrace our rich history and generate momentum toward our exciting future.

We want you to engage, celebrate, and serve, as we raise awareness about our great profession and enshrine a proud legacy for future generations.

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Do you have photos, artifacts, or stories you would like to share?

Send us your ideas about the top milestones and moments from our first 100 years.


We will be coordinating multiple events in 2021. Save the date for the Combined Sections Meeting in Orlando, Florida, February 24-27, 2021, which will include one of our centennial celebrations. APTA also will host a gala in Washington, DC, on September 10, 2021. Additional events to be announced!


Consistent with our vision, we want to give back to society for our landmark anniversary, and we’ll need your help. We will share details about centennial related service activities in late 2019.

Our History

Our story began with a calling: to serve those who sacrificed so much for our country in World War I. Where others saw limitation, we saw potential. Since our founding in 1921, we have moved forward together, with a passion and commitment to transform lives and strengthen our profession.

Explore some milestones from our first century.

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