All students are encouraged to join and participate in Phi Theta, UW-Madison's physical therapy student organization. Phi Theta performs service, social and fundraising activities, such as:
- Outreach activities that help others learn about physical therapy, wellness, and prevention
- Fundraisers including annual clothing and Bucky Book sales, a Bucky Race, UW Men’s basketball concession stands, and massage days
- Social events for new and returning students
- A Big Brother/Big Sister Program, in which second-year students help orient first-year students to the Programs
For the second year in a row, Phi Theta students earned Honorable Mention in the Marquette Challenge by raising over $3,000 ($4,632 this year!) for the Foundation for Physical Therapy.
Phi Theta received the UW-Madison Morgridge Center
for Public Service Award for Outstanding Service. The "Bucky Award" for service recognizes a student organization that has participated in service activities throughout the academic year and has hosted at least one service activity beneficial to the campus community. The selected student organization must also collaborate with at least one other student organization, while providing reflection for members after each activity.
Elected officers help organize and communicate with Phi Theta members, students, and faculty. Officers for 2012-2013 are:
is a student-run organization that provides health care to uninsured and underinsured people in Dane County through access to six clinics. It provides an opportunity for physical therapy, medical, physician assistant, nursing and pharmacy students to work together to enhance their education while improving the health of the community’s underserved.
MEDiC is run by a council of student representatives from each health profession and clinical site. The PT officers for 2010-2011 are:
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
The American Physical Therapy Association
(APTA) is the professional organization that represents physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and the profession's students. All students are strongly encouraged to join the APTA and become involved in professional activities. Applications are available online.
Sarah Hobbs, DPT student (Class of 2014) has been elected to the 2013-2014 APTA Student Assembly Nominating Committee.
APTA Contact Information:
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA)
The Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association
is the Wisconsin Chapter of the APTA. The WPTA represents Wisconsin at the national level and keeps physical therapists in the state informed of pertinent legislative issues. It also represents the physical therapy profession at the state level. Madison is in the Southwest District of the WPTA.
When students join the APTA, they automatically join the state chapter. They will be notified of, and are strongly encouraged to attend, Southwest District meetings and WPTA functions. Students will have opportunities to attend programming free of charge in exchange for volunteer hours.
WPTA Contact Information:
3510 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT)
The World Confederation for Physical Therapy
is the sole international organization representing physical therapists worldwide. It is dedicated to promoting the profession and improving global health.
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
has been instrumental in raising the awareness of physical therapists to the contributions of manual therapy to the physical therapy profession and of the contributions of fellowship training in achieving advanced clinical competence.