APTA Opens new Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

To begin the association’s 100th year, APTA will open a new headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The building will support APTA’s workforce of the future and be more welcoming to our members and the public. APTA Centennial Center is a tribute to APTA’s mission, vision, and values.

Association Membership Surpasses 100,000 Mark.

Association membership surpassed the 100,000 mark after a collaborative push by APTA, its components, and members. To put that accomplishment into perspective, APTA surpassed 25,000 members in 1975 and 50,000 members in 1990.

Student Assembly Formed.

The Student Assembly was formed to enhance the role of student members and lend a voice to the future leaders of the profession.

APTA Purchases and Moves to new HQ in Alexandria, Virginia.

APTA purchased and moved to new buildings at 1111 North Fairfax Street in Alexandria, Virginia, with two neighboring buildings being purchased in 1993 and 1996. This marked the first time the association owned the buildings that house its headquarters.

Headquarters Relocated to Washington, D.C.

APTA relocated its headquarters from New York City, where the association was founded, to Washington, D.C., in order to have a stronger advocacy presence on Capitol Hill.

First Two Classes of PTAs Graduate and Enter the Workforce.

The first two classes of physical therapist assistants (PTAs) graduated and entered the workforce. The first PTA education programs had been established earlier at Miami-Dade Community College in Florida and St. Mary’s Junior College in Minnesota (now St. Catherine University).

House of Delegates Votes to Change Name to APTA.

The House of Delegates voted to change the association’s name to the American Physical Therapy Association from the American Physiotherapy Association, which had been its name since 1922.