Federal Medical Facilities

Quality Physical Therapy Care


In Service to Federal PTs and PTAs and others associated with Federal health care.  

Quality Physical Therapy Care

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About The APTA Federal

Quality physical therapy care across federal medical facilities.

APTA Federal  promotes quality health care across the continuum of care within Federal medical services. The Section provides opportunities for networking, continuing education, leadership, and professional development for all physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who are or have been employed by the federal government in civil service, as members of the uniformed services, as contractors or as tribal hires, and who practice in a variety of settings including clinical, education, and research.


The purpose of the Section shall be:

To provide a means by which Association members, employed by the Federal government and who work in the United States military, Department of Veterans Affairs, Public Health Service, and other federal agencies can communicate, provided education, and develop a shared vision for physical therapy across all federal healthcare systems.

To promote quality health care across the continuum of care for those served by therapists that practice physical therapy in the Federal government.

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Objectives of this Section

Provide a communication system for physical therapists in the Federal government through professional meetings and periodic publications.

Make recommendations regarding policies that affect the physical therapy profession in the Federal government.

Stimulate a greater participation in the Association by physical therapists in the Federal government.

Provide opportunities for interchange of information and thereby improve treatment of patients in the Federal government facilities.

Provide continuing education programs to help improve the quality of health care in the Federal government.

Provide a mechanism for more active involvement in research for physical therapists in the Federal government.

Define a system of regions to facilitate transfer of information, communication and feedback between stations.

Establish a mechanism for communication of section needs and goals to the United States military, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Public Health Service Affairs Central Office and the Office of Personnel Management.

Unify interpretation of federal regulations at the station level, maintaining high quality of care standards throughout the medical facilities of the Federal Government.

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News & Important Items

Updated Februrary 2021 – Recommended Scope of Practice for Federally Employed Physical Therapists
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APTA sends letter to the OPM director to advocate for the revision of job classifications for PTs and PTAs
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