• 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;
    • has been recognized as an independent agency since 1977 and has been the only recognized agency to accredit physical therapy programs since 1983;
    • currently accredits over 200 physical therapist education programs and over 300 physical therapist assistant education programs in the US and one physical therapist education program in Scotland;
    • has 31 members from a variety of constituencies: PT and PTA clinicians, PT and PTA educators, basic scientists, higher education administrators and the public;
    • maintains a cadre of more than 300 volunteers who are trained to conduct on-site reviews of physical therapy programs;
    • conducts on-site visits to approximately 80 programs annually;
    • reviews information from approximately one-third of all accredited programs at each meeting;
    • is an active member of the Association of Specialized and Programmatic Accreditors (ASPA) and subscribes to the ASPA Code of Good Practice.

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  • Last Updated: 2/26/2018
    Contact: accreditation@apta.org