Membership Committee

April 2021

We have all interacted with PTs and PTAs who are either APTA-Oregon members or not. If you are interested in learning about the proportion of members versus non-members in our state and association, please keep reading.

Currently, our market share of PT members is 44%, meaning that we have about 1,400 out of the 3,181 PTs who are licensed in Oregon. Also, we currently have 11% market share of PTAs, which means that of the 800+ PTAs who are licensed in Oregon, 86 are members.

With all of the outstanding benefits that our membership provides, why do we not have a greater overall market share? Membership to APTA-Oregon enhances advocacy of our profession, and members can assist with increasing these discrepancies in market shares. Examples that generate opportunities to market or advocate for APTA-Oregon include: sharing a useful endorsement for professional membership; disclosing resources found on our website; and networking with other members.

In conclusion, membership is promoted by us and you. If you would like to express how your membership has benefitted you or your colleagues, please email Garrett Stroup (Membership Chair) at [email protected].


October 2020

Can your membership help personal finances? 

Let’s back up a little bit. The license to practice Physical Therapy in Oregon costs $190. Renewal for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants require 24 hours of continuing education every two years, along with 1 hour of pain management continuing education. At this point you might be wondering how you can afford your membership as a PT at $420 or as a PTA at $265. 

You are correct to say that practicing Physical Therapy is expensive. 

However, have you reviewed the benefits that you receive from the APTA and the Oregon Chapter? As usual, the value you find from membership is a multivariate decision. To search for a clear answer, begin by reviewing your goals. 

Maybe you are a traveling Physical Therapist who has been practicing for more than five years. You are working within a variety of settings and it is difficult to remain up-to-date with current research. With your membership, you have free access to hundreds of tests and measures, evidence-based practice resources, clinical practice guidelines, APTA’s Article Search (formerly PTNow), and the Rehabilitation Reference Center. Alone, each of these services would cost several hundred dollars, but due to the membership of 100,000 strong, these opportunities are FREE.

Okay, maybe the previous example did not apply to you. Maybe you graduated last August of 2020. With the use of the APTA’s Early-Career Dues Discount (formerly Career Starter Dues) you can reduce your membership cost by 50%. Also, due to many current factors, you decide that you would like to begin your continuing education online, while also building a network. You’re in luck. With your APTA membership you can save $175 on MedBridge, receive a .25% rate discount on student loans through the APTA Financial Solutions Center, create a free profile in the Find a PT directory, and join a chapter committee. 

Whether you have been practicing for a long-time, or not, the APTA and the Oregon Chapter is here to advocate and progress our profession. Like many other strong associations, we begin with our members. We aim to service you, while we welcome your engagement. We aim to progress our profession for our patients and we provide a service that is difficult to monetize. Our organization relies on membership. Thank you. 

Some examples of how membership can benefit you:

  1. Early-Career Dues Discount - 50% discount on APTA dues your first year post-graduation. 
  2. Get free access to the resources you need to thrive, such as:
    1. Article search databases
    2. Rehabilitation Reference Center
    3. PT Journal - APTA’s official scientific journal 
    4. 11 issues of APTA Magazine
  3. Advance your career
  4. Strengthen your practice and patient care
  5. Advocate for your profession
  6. Expand your network
  7. Discounts on APTA products and services
  8. Take advantage of special offers

May 2020

The membership committee has remained dedicated to serving our profession through the COVID-19 pandemic. We see the difficulties that our profession is facing between work and home. We are also proud of your adaptability and your determination to keep your patients and family safe! We hope you are taking advantage of the resources that our association has maintained on the website for you. And if you have not done so, we encourage you to access our COVID-19 webpage for relevant information and to share your experience!

During this crisis, the Membership Committee has implemented multiple initiatives to reach-out to our members, developed leadership within the student body, and promoted mentorship to our new graduates. For example, our “New Graduate Mentor Group” is already coordinating a webinar with two highly qualified speakers to discuss the “Job Market & COVID-19” for new graduates. We believe this subject is critical because new graduates will be competing with more experienced physical therapists. This 1-hour webinar will feature two guest speakers, Mike Studer and Truett Nealy. Both of these speakers are well established and equipped to detail the newest dynamics of this situation. This event will be available for members and nonmembers on June 18th at 7pm. This event will be limited so please register on our website!

We are always looking for feedback too, so if you have innovative ideas please email either [email protected] or [email protected]. Thank you for your time!!   

June, 2019

Hey everyone! I just wanted to give you all a quick update on what we have been doing in the membership committee.

Our members are so important to the OPTA and to the physical therapy profession. OPTA is here to serve its members and we know that in order to change, innovate, and progress our profession we need to have as many engaged members as possible.

That is why each year we do our membership drive. We take a day to contact everyone who has been a member in the last year but has not renewed their membership for another year. We encourage them to rejoin the ranks at OPTA, address any concerns they have, and thank them for their past membership. This year we were able to contact more than 150 people.

If you are a member: Thank You for being here. We need your passion, enthusiasm, and drive. To help move our profession forward, and to ultimately better serve our patients which is why we are all here in the fist place.

The OPTA has many ways to get involved; one of the newest opportunities is our member led initiatives grant program. If you have a project or program that seeks to serve your community, profession, or patients, then the OPTA wants to support you. They are awarding grants from $500-$5000. Please go take a look here.

Our next big event is coming up in October, and it is called ‘PT Day of Service.’ This is a day when physical therapy professionals around the country get together and participate in service within their communities. Last year, we had more than 30 people come out and serve the homeless community in Portland. It was an amazing experience! Lets get even more people this year. Click here and look for a service project near you.

Again, thank you all so much for your service to our profession.

Colbie Jorgensen, Membership Chair

 The Membership Committee has three major annual events that could always use your energy and support:

  • March - Annual conference
  • May - Membership drive
  • October - PT Day of Service
Learn more about how a few hours and your skills can make these events to develop our membership to be even more successful!

Upcoming Events: 

May – Membership Drive and Phone-a-Thon May 9th 2019

  • Duties
    • Organize volunteers to either call or text fellow members to remind them their membership has lapsed and ask them if they will renew
      • Develop/update scripts for what to say to members during calls or texts
    • Emphasize the benefits of membership in the weeks leading up to the conference
      • Social media posts
      • E-mail blasts
      • Newsletter
  • Needs:
    • 1-2 people to help organize volunteers
    • 1-2 people to help with developing scripts/info for calls
    • 1-2 people to post on social media

October – PT Day of Service Weekend of October 13th 2019

  • Duties
    • Choose a service project and set it up
    • Get Volunteers for the event
    • Assist other PTDOS ambassadors with their projects throughout the state
      • Ideas for projects
      • Market the different projects to OPTA members
    • Market the event on social media – e-mail – etc.
  • Needs: 
    • 1-2 people to help organize volunteers
    • 1-2 people to help with PTNO event planning
    • 1-2 people to post on social media
Please contact Colbie Jorgensen if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities!

Membership Committee Drives member engagement efforts and recruits new members into the OPTA and APTA. Coordinates PT Night Out, PT Day of Service, and Annual Membership Drive, among other member engagement activities.

Looking for committee members who are: People-centered, friendly, passionate, energetic.

Contact: Colbie Jorgensen, Chair