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.
CAPTE is proud to share that the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has granted recognition to CAPTE as a specialized accreditor for physical therapy education. The final decision from Diane Auer Jones, the USDE Senior Policy Advisor, stated that the recognition of CAPTE was renewed for the maximum time period of 5 years. The recognition is even more meaningful as CAPTE was found to be in compliance with all USDE criteria and did not need to submit a compliance report. This decision recognizes staff and CAPTE volunteers for their outstanding processes for effective accreditation. As Dr. Bill Boissonnault stated: “This is reflective of the hard and high quality work done by all involved. Thank you on behalf of the profession and future students enrolling in our programs!!”
Distinguished Service Award
At the spring meeting, CAPTE recognizes those who have provided outstanding and prolonged contributions to the CAPTE accreditation process through any combination of service on CAPTE, participation on site visit teams, serving as candidacy reviewers, and/or service on ad hoc committees as assigned. This spring CAPTE honored Ellen Price, Linda Eargle, and Cindy Mihelich with the Mary Jane Harris Distinguished Service Award. All three honorees strove to determine the best for physical therapy education. Their commitment and devotion were unwavering. They were always willing to go above and beyond and served as mentors and colleagues to staff and Commissioners. Their devotion to quality physical therapy education is to be recognized by CAPTE and the profession. Please join CAPTE and the staff in congratulating these three honorees as recipients of the Mary Jane Harris Distinguished Service Award.
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New Instructions for On-site Visitors
As more and more programs put the required on-site documents on flash drives, it is important for On-site Visitors to consider these the same as hard copies. Thus, the flash drives should be left on-site when the visit is over. Also, programs will be advised to password protect the flash drives should the flash drive be lost/stolen.
Actions Taken at the Spring 2018 CAPTE Meeting
At its Spring 2018 meeting, the Commission:
The decisions have been posted on the website.
Standards and Required Elements
Changes/Clarification in the Rules
CAPTE adopted several changes to its Rules, some of which were clarifications and some were substantive. The changes of most interest to programs include the following.
Note: For developing programs, including those with Candidate for Accreditation status, please email Anastasia DiCicco with questions.
CAPTE aggregated data from the annual accreditation reports have been posted since March, 2018. The Fact Sheets can be found on CAPTE’s website under aggregated data for both PT and PTA programs.
Any use of the data from the Fact Sheets or from other CAPTE data must carry this disclaimer:
“All uses of this data should reference the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) as the source of the data and acknowledge that CAPTE bears no responsibility for interpretations presented or conclusions reached based on analysis of the data.”
CAPTE data is available for use by programs. Requests should be submitted to Tej Chana at email@example.com. Depending on purpose for use of data, further documentation may be required.
View past CAPTE updates.
Last Updated: 5/25/2018