This scholarship is available to students in their final year of a PT program in a Michigan PT School who will be graduating prior to June 30 of the following year.

Multiple scholarships are available, limited to one graduate from each Michigan PT school, and are based on applicants' eligibility and submitted documentation.

Application Deadline: August 1.

        • 1. Complete the MPTA Institute Scholarship Form ( PDF: 52KB) and submit to the Michigan Physical Therapy Association Institute for Education and Research, Inc. Mail to:
          MPTA Institute for Education and Research, Inc
          1390 Eisenhower Place
          Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
  • 2. Have official transcripts of all college course work sent to above address by college office.
  • 3. Have recommendations sent to the above address by the person completing the recommendation form.
  • 4. An interview may be required and would be set up by the Institute.
  • 5. This scholarship is for students in the final year of their program.
  • 6. Deadline to receive all materials: August 1.

Submissions Now Closed
Every year the Michigan Physical Therapy Association solicits recommendations for "Outstanding Student" from all physical therapy and physical therapy assistant programs. These awards are intended for students who:

  • - are in the final year of their professional curriculum
  • - have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.2
  • - are a member of the APTA/MPTA
  • - have demonstrated "outstanding" participation in academic, professional and related community activities.

Candidate recommendations should be documented through nomination forms by a faculty member and a clinician who has worked with the student during some aspect of their formal clinical experience, volunteer experiences or paid work. Each program may nominate up to two students.

2014 Outstanding PTA Student Award (Program) PDF

2014 Outstanding PT Student Award (Clinical) PDF

All portions of the Nomination Form (faculty and clinician) are to be completed and returned by July 1, 2014. Should you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Opportunity Out of Adversity:
Physical Therapy's Unique Legacy

by Ellen Woods

The following is an article that was originally published in PT Magazine: Volume 10, Issue 9 (September 1, 2002).

Click Here to Read Opportunity Out of Adversity: Physical Therapy's Unique Legacy
( PDF: 54KB)

Student/New Graduate Employment Agreements

The 2008 House of Delegates passed Guidelines: Student/New Graduate Employment Agreements (HOD G06-08-08-09) by amending the Guidelines: Student and Employer Contracts (HOD G06-92-14-28) to make these guidelines more contemporary and to include the student and new graduate in guidelines for contractual employment agreements.

These guidelines assist students/new graduates in negotiating appropriate agreements to provide financial assistance in exchange for a promise of future employment. They suggest that all students and new graduates obtain appropriate legal counsel prior to signing any agreement. In addition, the guidelines list provisions that employment agreements should include and "set forth in clear language" associated with repayment, termination of employment, and non-compete clauses.

Click Here to read the guidelines.



Change in Licensure Requirements
October 1, 2008

Please be advised that pursuant to Public Act 26 of 2006, effective October 1, 2008, all individuals applying for a health professional license in the State of Michigan are required to submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background check.

Click Here for information for the Department of Community Health ( PDF: 318 KB).

Additional information can also be found at Bureau of Health Professions Licensing for Health Care Professionals' website.

Please Note: This procedure applies to individuals who are applying for new licensure, those individuals who have allowed their license to lapse, or those individuals who have to re-apply due to disciplinary issues.

A licensee renewing a current license is not subject to the fingerprinting and background check.



Considering a Career in Health Care?
Explore the rewarding world of physical therapy! As physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs), our members are an important part of the health care team and provide quality care to nearly 1,000,000 patients a day. Visit the APTA web site for more information.