• Welcome to CAPTE

    The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

    Accreditation is a process used in the US to assure the quality of the education that students receive. It is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process that occurs on a regular basis. Learn more

    Quick Facts

    PT Programs

    • Number of Accredited Programs: 256*
    • Students Enrolled 2018-19: 34,202*

    PTA Programs

    • Number of Accredited Programs: 374*
    • Students Enrolled 2018-19: 12,478*
      *Data from 2019 Annual Accreditation Reports submitted by     programs on or before 12/1/2019.