Benefits of Membership
SCAPTA membership gives you access to APTA tools and resources as well as opportunities within South Carolina that benefit you and the profession.
Advocating for you in South Carolina and beyond. SCAPTA partners with APTA's State Government Affairs to reach state legislative goals and defend the PT scope of practice from infringement. Efforts include tracking and analyzing state legislation, meeting with state representatives, developing grassroots efforts, formulating legislative strategies, and maintaining a strong relationship with the State Board for Physical Therapy. Recent major accomplishments include the monitoring and tracking potential legislation that would infringe upon or restrict physical therapy practice in the state, such as:
- Physician-owned physical therapy services and referral for profit
- Legislation that would impact the ability of PTs to perform spinal manipulation
- Workers compensation
- Ensuring that physical therapy was not cut as a covered service under the South Carolina Medicaid program.
Navigating payment policy for high-quality patient care.
Stay on top of changing form and code requirements, claim denials, and critical payment topics with the free Medicare Fee Calculator, and more.
Promoting the benefits of physical therapy.
Public relations and marketing tools to help you share the benefits of physical therapy with consumers and other health care professionals. MoveForwardPT.com includes interactive tools and information for consumers and health care professionals, plus consumer-oriented handouts. BrandBeat empowers you to strengthen the physical therapy brand, including guidelines and training to help you live the "Move Forward" brand.
Connecting you with colleagues for networking and collaboration.
From the live events to social networking like the SCAPTA Facebook page, tap into the collective knowledge and expertise among APTA's 80,000+ physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, and student members... making a difference for careers, patients, and the future. Discover more opportunities to connect through your local chapter and special-interest sections.
Get involved on a deeper level by running for an elected position in the chapter or volunteer for one of the many committees.
Students: begin establishing the relationships that will support your career. Get in "The Loop" and build relationships within your program or chapter. Share ideas in The Student Assembly Pulse - written by students, for students. Discuss the issues as a candidate for theStudent Assembly Board of Directors.
Saving you money.
Exclusive discounts on state and national conference registrations, publications, andcontinuing education opportunities. When you add in discounts on continuing education offerings at the chapter levels and the great value on insurance and financial APTA-endorsed member benefits, you'll be amazed at how much you can save. Plus, APTA educational programs and active community members always strive to share valuable tips and strategies to help your business thrive. Students - Profit from scholarships, awards, and grants and learn the ins and outs of effective student loan debt management. Enjoy significant discounts on essential resources like "Firsthand: The Basic Evaluation Kit for Students of Physical Therapy" from APTA's online store. Access high-quality insurance and financial products designed to meet your needs now and in the future.
Keeping you informed.
In addition to SCAPTA's monthly electronic newsletter and legislative updates, your membership gives you online access to PT in Motion magazine, PT Journal (PTJ), PT in Motion: News Now news feed, the online Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, and APTA podcasts provide regular updates on advocacy, education, and more.
Promoting evidence-based practice.
Your membership gives you quick and easy access to clinical research that supportsevidence-based physical therapy practice across practice settings and specialty areas. APTA'sOpen Door: Free online access to text articles and abstracts from more than 2,500 health care-oriented periodicals. PT Journal (PTJ): State-of-the-art research, case reports, technical reports, literature reviews, and perspectives on clinical and professional issues. APTA'sHooked on Evidence: National database on the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions, exclusively available to members online.
Strengthening your expertise with clinical and practice resources.
Connect to a wealth of clinical and practice-related resources that provide the high-quality care to your patients, meet your professional goals, and thrive in your practice. Members enjoy best-practice documentation resources and guidelines on supervision of personnel, health information technology, and more. Specially priced APTA-endorsed insurance andfinancial benefits will protect your from risk and help you save money. Plus free advertising via Find a PT, APTA's consumer search engine, to connect you with potential patients.
Advancing you to the next level.
Continue your career development in clinical practice and fast track your education and career by completing credentialed post-professional clinical residency or fellowship programs, or beginning the path to ABPTS board certification in any of 8 clinical specialization areas. PTs can also earn recognition as an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Job seekers can search for positions in physical therapy.
Students: Utilize the resources on the employment page just for students. Ensure that your resume is as thorough and professional as possible. Search among thousands of Red Hot Jobs in physical therapy. Learn what to expect from employment contracts - and what to avoid. Learn how to maximize your clinical rotations.
SCAPTA members have the opportunity to nominate a fellow member for one of severalchapter awards presented annually at its spring conference, recognizing excellence in Clinical Awards, Service Awards, Student Award, and Legislative Award.