• January 25, 2019

    Proposed Revisions to 2016 CAPTE Standards and Required Elements

    Call for Comment

    The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education is seeking comment on proposed revisions to the 2016 Standards and Required Elements. The revisions are intended to provide clarity and expectations of the accreditation requirements. The process demonstrates CAPTE’s obligation to quality improvement with commitment to accountability to students. This accountability includes an expanded emphasis on evidence of performance as essential to assessing the quality of programs. The revisions are an effort to demonstrate CAPTE’s mission in assuring and improving academic quality while strengthening accountability.

    Please see the table of proposed changes.

    Comments are now sought from the public, CAPTE programs and associated stakeholders. Comments must be received by CAPTE no later than Wednesday, March 13, 2019; click here to enter SurveyMonkey to provide your comments.

    December 7, 2018 Update

    CAPTE Mandates

    The information below notes changes in the Rules of Practice and Procedure; however, it does not delineate all of the recent changes. Programs are reminded that it is their responsibility to adhere to the most current set of Rules and to seek clarification if needed. Of these noted changes to the Rules, some are reflected in Application for Candidacy requirements, and in the AFC Instructions and Forms, and are, therefore, critical to the development of your program. As always, you are encouraged to contact us if you need assistance.

    Changes in the Rules

    CAPTE adopted numerous changes to its Rules, some of which are editorial in nature, some of which are clarifying, and some of which are substantive. The changes of most interest to programs include the following.

    • Part 7 Pre-accreditation
      • Programs in candidacy are now required to report any change in faculty including the hire of new faculty
    • Part 9 Substantive Change
      • Eliminated the option of using an AASC to bring a program into compliance
      • Added clarity to what constitutes CAPTE set class size and any proposed increase
      • Dropped the 10% increase allowance starting with fall 2020 entering cohorts
    • Part 16 Program Fees
      • 16.2 Increase in annual fees for 2022
      • 16.7 Added fee for attendance at workshops
      • 16.10 New rule charging fees for research administrative tasks

    Your Program's Webpage Update and Advertising

    1. As provided for in CAPTE's Rules and Procedures, all programs need to update their webpage annually with the latest student outcomes. Programs are asked to do this following the submission of the Annual Accreditation Report (AAR). Keep in mind the rates are now averaged over two years and the employment rate is calculated based on 12 months rather than 6 months. These student outcomes need to be posted within only one click of the program's homepage. If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Wise.
    2. New language related to the program's accreditation status was approved in the spring. The updated language should now be on the program's webpage:
      1. [INSERT Name of Program] at [INSERT Name of Institution] is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call [INSERT ONE Direct Program Phone Number] or email [INSERT ONE Direct Program Email Address].
    3. Programs are reminded of the following related to implementation of a new program not subject to accreditation by CAPTE. With the notification, programs must provide a copy of planned advertising (brochures, website, etc.) for the new program that clearly indicates the program is not accredited by CAPTE.

    Fee Increase

    Programs need to know that there is an accreditation fee increase in 2020. The new fee is $4,500. Please be sure to put this increase in the academic budget that includes 2020.

    What's New

    Change of Guard

    New Commissioners were elected and retiring Commissioners were recognized at the fall 2018 CAPTE Meeting. Please join me in welcoming the new Commissioners:
    Kathryn Dodge, re-elected Central Panel
    Kevin Rudeen, re-elected Central Panel
    Bradley Wood—PTA Panel
    Lisa Weaver—PTA Panel
    Elane Seebo—PTA Panel
    Kevin Chui—PT Panel
    Cedric Page, re-elected PT Panel

    Chair and Vice Chair Elections
    Beth Marcoux was elected as Chair of CAPTE
    Doreen Stiskal was elected Vice Chair of CAPTE
    Neal Henning was elected Chair of the PTA Panel
    Kim Rouillier was elected Vice Chair of the PTA Panel
    Peggy Gleeson was elected Chair of the PT Panel
    Joyce Maring was elected Vice Chair of the PT Panel

    Do reach out to the retiring Commissioners and thank them for their excellent service to CAPTE:
    Jan Haas—PTA Panel
    Myrna Brown—PTA Panel
    Bev Johnson—PT Panel Chair

    CSM Activities  

    1. At the suggestion of several on-site reviewers, a session will be held on updates related to on-site visits, updates on what has been occurring at recent CAPTE meetings, frequency of citations, and any updates to forms/instructions. The session will be on January 23, 2019 from 4-6pm. The location is Walter E. Washington Convention Center 146ABC.
    2. A public session will be held to discuss possible revisions to the Standards and Required Elements. Since the introduction and use of the new Standards and Required Elements in January 2016, there has been found a need for further clarity in some of the Required Elements. Accreditation staff and CAPTE Commissioners will present proposed changes to be discussed at the open session as well as hear suggested changes from those who attend. The session will be January 23, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm. The location is Walter E. Washington Convention Center 146ABC.

    Actions Taken at the Fall 2018 CAPTE Meeting 
    At its fall 2018 meeting, the Commission:

    • Made 6 Candidate for Accreditation decisions
    • Made 3 Initial Accreditation status decisions
    • Made 142 accreditation (reaffirm, continue, and substantive change) status decisions (6 programs on warning, 2 programs on probation, 0 program show cause, 3 program withdrawals at institution request, 9 substantive changes)
    • Reviewed information regarding program changes since spring 2018
    • Reviewed the most recent pass rates provided by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

    The decisions have been posted on the website.

    Archived Updates

    View past CAPTE updates.