|Physical Therapist & Physical Therapist Assistant Students
The Illinois Physical Therapy Association has long standing
relationships with the physical therapy and physical therapy assistant
schools in Illinois. While you may not be a resident of Illinois, except
during your attendance at one of the schools in Illinois, when you join
APTA you will be asked to select a state chapter as well. Most
students, whether they plan to continue to live in Illinois after
graduation, choose the Illinois chapter during their student experience.
We're glad to have you here in Illinois! Not a member of APTA and IPTA?
You're missing out on so many resources that will help you jump start
Students have an opportunity to become involved with IPTA, even while
they are still in school. The IPTA districts welcome students at
meetings and events sponsored at the local level. Some districts even
have special "student days” where the program is centered on the needs
of student PTs and PTAs. You don't need to wait until you've graduated
to become involved in the greater physical therapy community – the
people you meet when you're a student will someday be your future
employers, co-workers and fellow volunteers.
At the state level, we have several opportunities to become
involved and reach out to your future colleagues. You can become part of
committees, attend our annual lobby day, help organize student events,
serve as a representative to the IPTA Assembly of Representatives and
attend CE geared for students. The faculty members at your school will
be glad you asked about opportunities to get involved. The IPTA Student
Conclave is a great opportunity for you to network with students from
other schools, learn about future employment opportunities, and get
helpful advice on resumes, interviews, and employment contracts. The Student Special Interest Group
is another way to get involved. Running for student office will help
advance your leadership skills and prepare you for your career.
You can also access the resources of the American Physical Therapy
Association to expand your view of the physical therapy world. Events
like APTA's National Student Conclave
offer unmatched experiences for PT students. APTA offers essential
services to its PT student members, like access to a database of more
than 35,000 newly published health sciences books and software
titles—complete with peer reviews, publications and access to APTA staff
experts who can help you with your questions about practice,
reimbursement, education, and research.
Career Starter Dues
As of the fall of 2014, the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) has joined the American Physical Therapy Association's Career Starter Dues program. The program was developed in the spring of 2014 to support early career members as they transition from student membership into full membership by drastically discounting their membership dues for recent graduates (from 2010 and later). To learn more about the program and whether or not you qualify, please visit us at our Career Starter Dues page here.