The CAPTE Accreditation Portal allows for the electronic submission of program documents. Since the Portal contains confidential program information, access is allowed only with the username and password provided to the program director. Programs can check contact information and submit reports (Annual Accreditation Report, Self-Study Report, Compliance Report).
Accreditation HandbookProvides the rules of procedure by which CAPTE operates, including among other items:
Access additional information regarding the 'On-Site Visit' process including the sample schedule (.pdf).
Annual Accreditation Report (AAR)Data about accredited programs is collected annually in the AAR and is used to develop Aggregate Program Data (fact sheets) and to monitor compliance with the Standards and Required Elements. The next AAR is due December 1.
Aggregate Program DataIncludes demographic information accredited PT and PTA education programs and the numbers of accredited and developing programs.
Core Faculty Determination Table The new Core Faculty Determination Table is intended to be a resource for program directors of DPT programs when considering whether a faculty member is core or not. The table identifies core faculty characteristics delineated in both the definition of core faculty and in related required elements to assist in determining an individual’s role within the program. This table was approved at CAPTE's Fall 2020 meeting as a resource for DPT programs.
Interprofessional Education Guidance Document The Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative and the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education collaborated on the document "Guidance on Developing Quality Interprofessional Education for the Health Professions." The document, endorsed by 24 HPAC member boards/commissions including CAPTE, was released on February 1, 2019 to the public.
Additional ResourcesA list of useful CAPTE and APTA documents is provided, along with related webpages.
PT Standards and Required Elements (.doc ) [effective January 1, 2016]
PTA Standards and Required Elements (.doc) [effective January 1, 2016]
SSR Instructions and Forms (.doc) (This document is for BOTH PT and PTA programs that are developing a Self-study Report (SSR); it is not to be used in the development of an Application for Candidacy. If you are looking for individuals forms for submission of a Compliance Report/Progress Report, this packet contains: Program Assessment Matrix, CV required format, Scholarship Form, Retention Rate table, Graduation Rate table, Allocations & Expense table, and Clin Ed Placements Available table.)
Programs submit a Self-study Report and host an on-site visit as part of the accreditation review. Current documents, including access to CAPTE Accreditation Portal documents, are provided to the program director in January in the year preceding the visit. CAPTE holds meetings twice a year to review programs.
APTA's Accreditation Department holds self-study workshops 2 times a year. These workshops are held to discuss CAPTE's expectations for specific elements as well as to address general accreditation and self-study processes.
A list of educational consultants, if desired, can be obtained from Academic Services.
Upcoming CAPTE Meetings
Upcoming On-site & Candidacy Visits
Please contact Department of Accreditation staff if you are interested in becoming an on-site reviewer or you would like to nominate someone as an on-site reviewer.
A “Blueprint for Teaching Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy Education” and other resources to facilitate academic program curriculum development, review and enhancement are available to PT and PTA Educators.
Last Updated: 12/16/2020