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. 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.
CAPTE accredits first professional (entry-level) programs in the U.S. for the physical therapist at the doctoral degree level and programs for the physical therapist assistant at the associate degree level. CAPTE also accredits one physical therapist education program 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 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 30 days of the CAPTE decision made at a CAPTE meeting.
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 60 days after each CAPTE meeting.
Master List of Accredited PT Programs (.pdf) | Master List of Accredited PTA Programs (.pdf)
Developing PT Programs | Developing PTA Programs
Accreditation Status & Action Definitions
Last Updated: 7/8/2020