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The infamous APTA Membership: what gives?

As we continue to have our inboxes flooded with wonderful opportunities around Duke DPT and Duke University as a whole, there are a few emails that should be kept on our radar. Which emails? APTA membership emails. It’s that time of year where Duke DPT students are asked to join the APTA or renew their memberships.

All too often we, as students, innocently forget the true benefits and resources that are at our fingertips with regards to a Student APTA membership. Here is a summary of a few benefits that appeal to student membership. For further information please reference this website for a full list of membership bnenefits for students http://www.apta.org/Benefits/Students/List/

Discounts, Aid, and Insurance Benefits

  • Scholarship/grant opportunities
  • APTA Store
  • Professional Liability Insurance administered by Health Providers Service Organization (HPSO)
  • Dental, Disability Health, and Life insurance from HPSO
  • Member discount on Geico’s Auto, Homeowners, Renters, Condominium, and Boater’s Insurance Programs (avialiable in most states)
  • Application for a APTA Bank of America Credit card
    • Up to 3% cash back

Employment Resources

  • Potential job postings across the country (Red Hot Jobs)

Evidence & Research Resources

  • Article search in PTNow.org
    • FULL text access to all APTA Members
  • Physical Therapy Journal

Involvement Opportunities

  • APTA Sections: opportunities to connect you with other colleagues who have the same interests as you along with staying current in your area of interest
    • Acute care
    • Aquatic PT
    • Cardiovascular & Pulmonary
    • Client Electrophysiology and Wound Management
    • Education
    • Federal physical therapy
    • Geriatrics
    • Hand rehabilitation
    • Health Policy and Administration
    • Home Health
    • Neurology
    • Oncolcoy
    • Orthopedic
    • Pediatrics
    • Private Practice
    • Research
    • Sports PT
    • Womens Health

News & Publications

  • Guide to Physical Therapy practice
  • Podcasts – regarding information on the APTA site the are also available on iTunes
  • PT in Motion – a monthly magazine that addresses current events, opportunites, and news with regards to Physical Therapy across the country
  • Student Assembly Pulse – a monthly news letter for students by students
  • Social Media – Twitter & Facebook


Travel and Retail Discounts for APTA Members

  • Car Rental programs
  • Office Depot and Office Max
  • UPS Discount
  • Wyndham Hotels



As one could see this is just a skeletal list of the multitude of benefits that we as students can utilize. Membership of the APTA ignites a foundation for advocacy within our profession and within our perspective Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. It is a way to foster potential relationships with colleagues and learn more about the profession we love and cherish.


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