• (A) Candidates for Accreditation

    These programs have admitted at least one class of students and have been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Candidacy status indicates that a program is making satisfactory progress toward compliance with accreditation criteria, but it does not assure that a program will achieve accreditation. (Note: Date indicates anticipated graduation of first class.)


    Samford University
    Matthew P Ford, PT, PhD
    Chair and Program Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    800 Lakeshore Drive
    Birmingham, AL 35229
    Program: 205/726-4435
    Email: mford2@samford.edu
    First Class Graduates: 05/2018


    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    John Jefferson, PT, PhD
    Chair & Associate Professor
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    1125 N College Ave
    Fayetteville, AR 72703-1908
    Program: 479/713-8600
    Email: ptprogram@uams.edu
    First Class Graduates: 05/2018


    West Coast University
    Ann H Newstead, PT, PhD, GCS, NCS, CEEAA
    Program Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    509 N Vermont Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90004
    Program: 323/284-7387, ext 47387
    Email: anewstead@westcoastuniversity.edu
    First Class Graduates: 12/2017


    Adventist University of Health Sciences
    Jennifer Collins, PT, EdD, MPA
    Physical Therapy Program
    671 Winyah Drive
    Orlando, FL 32803-1226
    Program: 407/303-9904
    Email: jennifer.collins@adu.edu
    First Class Graduates: 04/2019

    Gannon University
    Richard Johnson, PT, EdD
    Program Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    105 Commercial Drive
    Ruskin, FL 33573
    Program: 631/909-3752

    Email: johnson171@gannon.edu  
    First Class Graduates: 05/2020


    Brenau University
    Kathye E Light, PT, PhD
    Physical Therapy Program
    500 Washington Street SE
    Gainesville, GA 30501-3628
    Program: 770/534-6145
    Email: klight@brenau.edu
    First Class Graduates: 05/2018


    Trine University
    Max Baumgartner, PT, PhD
    Director and Dean
    Physical Therapy Program
    One University Avenue
    Angola, IN 46703-1764
    Program: 260/665-4154
    Email: baumgartnerm@trine.edu
    First Class Graduates: 5/2017

    Indiana State University
    Howell Tapley, PT, PhD, OCS
    Program Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    Sycamore Center for Wellness & Applied Medicine, Room 248
    Terre Haute, IN 47809
    Program: 812/237-4428
    Email: howell.tapley@indstate.edu
    First Class Graduates: 5/2018


    Briar Cliff University
    Patrick S Cross, PT, DPT, RHF
    Program Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    3303 Rebecca Street
    Sioux City, IA 51104-0100
    Program: 712/279-1708
    Email: patrick.cross@briarcliff.edu
    First Class Graduates: 05/2018


    Concordia University-Saint Paul
    Peter J Rundquist, PT, PhD
    Program Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    275 Syndicate Street North
    Saint Paul, MN 55104-5494
    Program: 651/603-6294
    Email: rundquist@csp.edu
    First Class Graduates: 05/2017


    William Carey University
    Dr. Cynthia Scott, PT, MBA, PhD
    Program Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    498 Tuscan Drive, Box 9
    Hattiesburg, MS 39104
    Program: 601/318-6679
    Email: cscott@wmcarey.edu 
    First Class Graduates: 08/2019 


    Plymouth State University
    Sean Collins, PT, ScD
    Chair and Program Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    17 High Street, MSC#58
    Plymouth, NH 03264
    Program: 603/535-2891
    Email: smcollins1@plymouth.edu  
    First Class Graduates: 05/2020


    Kean University
    Shannon N Clifford, PT, PhD, MPT
    Executive Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    1000 Morris Ave
    Union, NJ 07083
    Program: 908/737-5998
    Email: cliffosh@kean.edu
    First Class Graduates: 05/2019


    High Point University
    Eric J. Hegedus, PT, DPT, MHSC, OCS, CSCS
    Physical Therapy Program
    833 Montlieu Avenue
    High Point, NC 27262-3598
    Program: 336/841-4539
    Email: ehegedus@highpoint.edu

    Methodist University
    Todd A Telemeco, PT, DPT, PhD
    Director and Chair
    Physical Therapy Program
    5400 Ramsey Street
    Fayetteville, NC 28311-1498
    Program: 910/630-7216
    Email: ttelemeco@methodist.edu
    First Class Graduates: 05/2018


    University of Mount Union
    Robert M Frampton, PT, DHCE
    Chairperson/Director Physical Therapy
    1972 Clark Ave
    Alliance, OH 44601
    Program: 330/823-4786
    Email: framptrm@mountunion.edu


    Alvernia University
    Christopher H Wise, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, MTC, ATC
    Program Director and Associate Professor
    Physical Therapy Program
    400 Saint Bernardine Street
    Reading, PA 19607-1733
    Program: 610/230-5708
    Email: christopher.wise@alvernia.edu
    First Class Graduates: 08/2018

    DeSales University
    Kay Malek, PT, PhD
    Associate Professor/Program Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    2755 Station Avenue
    Center Valley, PA 18034-9568
    Program: 610/282-1100, ext. 1839
    Email: kay.malek@desales.edu
    First Class Graduates: 08/2017


    South College
    Michael J Walker, PT, DSc
    Program Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    400 Goody's Lane
    Knoxville, TN 37922
    Program: 210/757-0606
    Email: mwalker1@southcollegetn.edu
    First Class Graduates: 06/2017


    University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
    Barbara Gresham, PT, PhD, MS, GCS
    Program Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    900 College, UMHB Box 8023
    Belton, TX 76513
    Program: 254/295-4940
    Email: bgresham@umhb.edu
    First Class Graduates: 12/2017


    Emory & Henry College
    Dr. Jean M. Irion, PT, EdD, SCS, ATC
    Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
    Physical Therapy Program
    601 Radio Hill Road
    Marion, VA 24354
    Program: 276/944-6753
    Email: jirion@ehc.edu
    First Class Graduates: 08/2018

    Mary Baldwin University
    Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences
    Lisa Donegan Shoaf, PT, DPT, PhD
    Founding Director & Professor
    Physical Therapy Program
    PO Box 1500
    Staunton, VA 24402-1500
    Program: 540/887-4317
    Email: lshoaf@marybaldwin.edu
    First Class Graduates: 05/2017

    (B) Applicants for Candidacy: Application for Candidacy Submitted

    These programs are in varying degrees of development. They have begun the process toward accreditation by submitting an Application for Candidacy. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education has not yet granted Candidate for Accreditation status to these programs.

    (C) Programs with Full-Time Program Director

    These programs are placed on this list when the Department of Accreditation is officially notified that a Program Director has been hired. These programs are in the early stages of development; no students have been admitted.


    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Suwanee
    Phillip Palmer, PT, MHE, MA, PhD
    Professor & Department Chair
    Physical Therapy Program
    625 Old Peachtree Road NW
    Suwanee, GA 30024
    Program: 770/682-2305
    Email: phillippa@pcom.edu


    Davenport University
    Stuart Blatt, MPT, PhD
    Program Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    6191 Kraft Avenue S.E.
    Grand Rapids, MI 49512
    Program: 616/871-6708
    Email: sblatt@davenport.edu


    Marist College
    Claudia B. Fenderson, PT, EdD, PCS
    Program Director
    Physical Therapy Program
    3399 North Road
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-3586
    Program: 845/575-3228 Ext. 2036
    Email: claudia.fenderson@marist.edu


    Messiah College
    Valerie Olson, PT, PhD
    Program Director and Associate Professor
    Physical Therapy Program
    401 East Winding Hill Road, Suite 100
    Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
    Program: 717/796-1800
    Email: volson@messiah.edu


    Baylor University Graduate School
    John Childs, PT, Ph.D., MBA, FAPTA
    Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
    Physical Therapy Program
    One Bear Place #97096
    Waco, TX 76798
    Program: 254/364-7410
    Email: john_childs@baylor.edu

  • Last Updated: 12/1/2016
    Contact: accreditation@apta.org