Celebrating 50 Years of the PTA

February 21, 2019

While APTA's centennial may be a couple years away, there's another cause for celebration right here, right now: 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first physical therapist assistant (PTA) graduates.

Though a half-century may seem like a long time, the rise of the PTA from something that seemed like a good idea to a recognized, well-established, and in-demand profession integral to health care represents a remarkably short ascendance. Today, it's hard to imagine the delivery of physical therapy without PTAs on the team.

APTA has taken a look back at how the PTA profession came into being, and what's happened since.

APTA of Maryland is putting together events to celebrate the PTA's impact on the profession. Stay Tuned