About Us

Who We Are

The District of Columbia Physical Therapy Association (DCPTA) is a professional organization representing almost 500 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 100,000 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.  

Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession

Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. >>>More information about our guiding principles.

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