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This website tutorial will help you navigate the IPTA website. Some basic areas of the site are covered as an introduction. Once you become familiar with the site, you will find much valuable information that will assist you on topics including licensure, reimbursement, advocacy, education, and more.
To begin the presentation:
Begin by clicking one of the shortcuts below
1: Logging In
2: Main Menu
3: Districts and Communities
4: Community Forums
5: Calendar and Latest News
6: Continuing Education
7: PT Priority Online
8: Career Center (Purchasing)
9: Career Center (Browsing)
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On every page other than the main page a sidebar will be available. In this sidebar are many options regarding your account. The first of which is Edit My Profile. It will bring you to the page to edit your profile.
Clicking the My Groups link will bring you to a page that lists all the groups you are currently a member of.
From this page you can see the groups you are a member of. It offers a quick route to the groups.
Here you will find what your primary group is. Your primary group should be the district in which you work or live.
The My Networks link will allow you to connect your profile with the social networking sites you are a member of, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
And the direct link to your specific page.
If you click on My Event Registrations it will bring you to a page that will list all events you are currently signed up to attend and all past events you have attended.
Clicking the printer will allow you to print a hard copy of your registration information.
(Registering for events is covered in the Calendar section)
My Subscriptions allows you to manage what groups you are subscribed to.
A green word bubble means you are subscribed for the comments and red means you are not.
By clicking the word bubble it will notify you of new comments posted along with the regular notifications.
My Preferences allows you to modify the preferences that you chose the first time you logged on.
These are the preferences that are available to change. Checking the box next to the category will turn on the notifications.
My Connections is where you can view all of your personal connections. To add a new connection you must view a members profile and at the top will be an “Add Connection” button.
My Photo Gallery is where you can upload photos to your profile for others to view.
My Resume/CV is where you can upload a resume, or create one with the provided outline.
Employer members can check the status of any purchased job postings by clicking the My Career Postings link.
Know any PT’s or PTA’s you think might want to join the IPTA? The Refer a Friend link will take you to a page to send a message to anyone you think might benefit from becoming a member.
The About IPTA menu holds all the information you need to know about the IPTA. All the basics are found here, from info on the Chapter Staff and Board of Directors to how to become a member.
What is Physical Therapy has information on the field of physical therapy along with information on how to become a PT or PTA and for patients to find a PT.
The PT in Illinois link is your home base for all rules and regulations of practicing physical therapy in Illinois. You can also find links to help you apply for or renew your physical therapy license.
The Government Affairs link is where you will find information on the work that the IPTA is doing with state and federal governments.
Information on helping with the Grassroots Lobbying campaigns can also be found here.
Under Reimbursement you will find information on coding, Medicare, Medicaid, and workers compensation.
The PT Code of Ethics link will bring you to a page with the code of ethics on it. The Illinois practice act states that ethical violation of the professional standards can result in disciplinary action.
IPT-PAC is the Illinois Physical Therapy Political Action Committee. The link provides an explanation of what the PAC does and how to get involved.
PT Code of Ethics will take you to a page with the code of ethics on it. The code is part of Illinois state law and is required to be followed whether you are a part of the IPTA or not.
You can also donate online to the IPT-PAC.
Vision 2020 is an APTA program. Information on the program can be found by following the link.
This is a link to donate to the Illinois Vision 2020 fund.
Under IPTA Fall Conference you will find all the information you need to know about the upcoming Fall Conference.
Information for potential participants is under General Information.
If you are looking to be a sponsor of the event the information is available under Sponsor Information.
A recap of past conferences can be found under Conference Archive.
Career Center Advertising will take you to the Career Center where you can purchase an ad on the IPTA website.
The Facility Challenge is hosted by the APTA. It gives benefits to employers who have all employees as registered members of the APTA. More information can be found by following the link.
The Employer Sponsored Membership Program (ESMP) is IPTA’s version of the facility challenge. Information about the ESMP can be found by following the link.
Sponsors & Advertisers is where you will be able to find out about advertising opportunities with the IPTA.
The IPTA’s advertising rules are under IPTA Advertising Policy.
Information on advertising in the Career Center or with the PT Priority is found under Advertisers.
Information on renting a copy of the mailing list is found under Mailing List Rental.
Quick Links has links to partners of the IPTA along with sites that hold valuable information for PT’s and PTA’s.
Member search allows you to search for other members of the IPTA. Once found, you can add them to your connections or message them.
From the menu bar on the left highlight IPTA Communities.
Then Find a community.
You can either choose to navigate directly from here to the district of your choice or go to the map of districts. If you are unsure of what district you are looking for then choose the map.
Once you find your districts page, you can post notes along with reading news that affects your district.
In order to receive email notifications from your district, make sure to click the subscribe button.
Your District Chair can send emails to all members of your District.
If you are a member of any committees, you can find their group pages under IPTA Governance. Follow the link to the page and they work the same as the District pages.
Under Communities of Interest you will find other communities that you can join.
Click on the forum you would like to visit.
Then Open Forums
To receive email alerts when a new post is added, click the subscribe button at the top. The same button is used to unsubscribe.
You can leave comments on these posts by clicking on the comment link.
Some posts may have attachments. To view them simply click.
On the right side of every page you will find the latest news from the IPTA along with a calendar of upcoming events.
If you click the link that says more it will take you to the full page of the latest news. A link to the latest news is also found on the navigation bar on the left.
All news from the IPTA can be found here. It is split up into categories.
You can filter by category by clicking the arrow and selecting a category.
You can filter the calendar by specific categories. This is done by using the drop down menu at the top of the page.
You can also export an event to your computer calendar software by clicking Export to Your Calendar and then Export to iCalendar.
The month view button will open a calendar that looks more like a traditional calendar.
Clicking the Continuing Education button in the main menu will bring you to a page with information on continuing education.
At any point while in the CE section this dropdown menu can be used to quickly navigate between CE pages.
CE Opportunities will give you a basic overview of CE information that is available.
Hover over Continuing Education
All CE opportunities that have been added to the calendar can be easily found here.
A link to the APTA CE opportunities can be found here.
Online continuing education opportunities are available under the Online CE Opportunities button.
The All IPTA Approved CE button will take you to a page with a link to a spreadsheet that has all IPTA approved courses.
Click the link above to load the spreadsheet of all IPTA approved courses. It is a .pdf file and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.
Once loaded the spreadsheet should look like this. It is updated monthly and has all the IPTA approved CE courses on it.
Tracking your CE has a spreadsheet to help keep track of your CE hours and a guide to what CE hours count for.
A Breakdown of the CE requirements is here.
Another link to the IPTA approved courses is here.
Hover over IPTA Publications
Then PT Archive
Finally choose the year.
It will open as a .pdf file. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the files.
Instead of choosing the PT Archive you can choose PT Quick Reads. These are short blurbs from the articles you will find in the full issue.
Clicking the link above the article will take you directly to the full article.
Purchasing an Ad
From the menu bar on the left, highlight career center and click on career center advertising.
Once you have completed your purchase, return to the Career Center page, click on Submit an Opening and create your ad.
If you cannot find anything try broadening your search.
Make sure to check the website frequently and interact with other members to obtain the full benefits of the IPTA website.
Technical support is available (Monday-Friday, 8am - 4pm) by calling the Chapter Office at 630.904.0101.
Please have your APTA member number in order to expedite assistance.