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Information for Program Directors and Faculty at Programs with Candidacy Status

  • CAPTE Accreditation Portal

    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 with Candidacy Status can check contact information and submit the Self-study Report on the Portal.

    Resource Documents

    Accreditation Handbook
    Provides the rules of procedure by which CAPTE operates, includes among other items:

    • Candidacy Process (Part 7)
    • Accreditation Process (Part 8)
    • Substantive Change Rules (Part 9)
    • Program Fees (Part 16)
    • Evaluative Criteria (PTA; PT)
    • CAPTE Position Papers

    To access additional information regarding the On-site Visit process including the sample schedule, click here (.pdf).

    Annual Accreditation Report (AAR)
    Data about Candidate programs is collected annually in the Developing Program AAR and is used to monitor program development. The next Developing Program AAR is due December 1.

    Aggregate Program Data
    Includes demographic information accredited PT and PTA education programs and the numbers of accredited and developing programs.

    Additional Resources
    A list of useful CAPTE and APTA documents is provided, along with related Web pages.

    Self-study Process

    Any changes to the program's timeline to complete the program for the charter class must be reported to the Accreditation Department.

    Candidate programs submit a Self-study Report and host an on-site visit as part of the process to obtain Accreditation status. Initial accreditation decisions are only made by CAPTE during their regularly scheduled meetings (Fall and Spring). The related on-site visit for initial accreditation decisions always occurs in the last term of the charter class and must occur no later than ten weeks prior to the CAPTE meeting. Exceptions to this requirement will not be considered by CAPTE. Since state licensing laws require graduates to be from CAPTE accredited programs, it is not advisable to have students graduate from a program prior to the program achieving accreditation. Although CAPTE has the ability for its decisions to be retroactive to the date of graduation, not all states will accept retroactive accreditation. In addition, graduation prior to accreditation delays the ability of students to take the licensing exam and, therefore, begin employment.

    Self-study Reports are submitted electronically through the CAPTE Accreditation Portal. The required documents, including instructions for and access to the Portal documents, are provided to the program director in January in the year preceding the visit.

    Self-study Workshops

    APTA's Accreditation Department holds Self-study Workshops three times a year. These Workshops are held to discuss CAPTE's expectations for specific criteria as well as to address general accreditation and self-study processes.


    A list of educational consultants, if desired, can be obtained from Jody Frost, APTA Director of Academic/Clinical Education Affairs.

    CAPTE Meetings & Visits

    Upcoming CAPTE Meetings

    Upcoming On-site & Candidacy Visits

    Directory of Developing Programs

    Programs should review their listing in the Directory of Developing Programs. Any changes should be reported to the Accreditation Department.

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