• The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs. Although appointed by the APTA Board of Directors, CAPTE functions independently in all its actions, including program accreditation status decisions. Physical therapy education accreditation is a peer review mechanism designed to assure educational quality.

    Scope of Accreditation Activities

    CAPTE accredits first professional (entry-level) programs in the U.S. for the physical therapist at the master's and doctoral degree levels and programs for the physical therapist assistant at the associate degree level. CAPTE also accredits two physical therapist education programs in Canada and one in Scotland.

    CAPTE does NOT accredit transitional DPT programs or post-professional programs, both of which are typically designed for physical therapists already holding licensure.

    School Codes

    School codes for licensure purposes are the purview of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). FSBPT will be notified of initial accreditation of PT and PTA programs within two days of the CAPTE decision made at a CAPTE meeting.

    Master Lists of Accredited Programs

    View currently and previously accredited education programs, including information about degrees conferred and first and last graduating classes, via the Master Lists. Each Master List is updated approximately 30 days after each CAPTE meeting.

    Master List of Accredited PT Programs (.pdf) | Master List of Accredited PTA Programs (.pdf) 

    Developing Programs

    Developing PT Programs | Developing PTA Programs 

    Status Definitions

    Accreditation Status & Action Definitions 

  • Last Updated: 2/18/2011
    Contact: accreditation@apta.org