The information below notes changes in the Rules of Practice and Procedure (.pdf); 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. As always, you are encouraged to contact us if you need assistance.
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.
If you have any questions about the compliance of your program's public disclosure of student outcomes, please reach out to your respective Lead Program Specialist.
The Commission decided to adopt the recommendation to reinstate the 150% calculation for graduation rate. For the fall 2019 Annual Accreditation Report, programs will be able to use 150% of graduation time for determining the graduation rate of the defined cohort.
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.
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 Greg Frazer, Bernie King and Cindy Calmese 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.
In March, CAPTE stakeholders were informed of the resignation of Anastasia DiCicco, Lead Preaccreditation Specialist. Her last day was Wednesday, March 20, 2019. We sincerely thank Anastasia for her contributions and commitment to assuring the start of quality PT and PTA education programs. Current efforts are underway to fill the position as quickly as possible.
Please refer to Sandra Wise any inquiries related to programs or projects with which Anastasia was working.
For the past two years, a very dedicated task force worked on writing a position paper related to distance education. The paper is now posted on CAPTE's website. Please thank the task force members in providing their expertise and insight into creating this highly informative paper.
A task force was convened to determine if revisions are needed to the Standards and Required Elements (SREs) that went into effect January 2016. Having been implemented now for two years, the use of the SREs by programs, on-site reviewers and Commissioners have identified the need for clarification and reduction of duplication in some areas. The group of 15 task force members proposed revisions to the Commission at its fall meeting. Public comments on the proposed revisions were heard at CSM in January 2019 and through a 30 day open comment period via a survey that ended March 15, 2019. The Commission reviewed all comments at its spring meeting and made recommendations related to the comments. Central Panel will make final recommendations at its summer meeting with final decisions made at CAPTE's fall meeting.
To conform to APTA's expectation for citing credentials, the Commission leadership decided to implement APTA's policy on citing credentials with all new CAPTE stakeholders. New PT/PTA licensed stakeholders that are entered into CAPTE's database will use the credentials as outlined in APTA's policy.
Scheduling for visits to occur in 2020 will begin in August 2019. For On-site Reviewers, please watch for an email to determine your interest in the visits for 2020. Your efforts and commitment to quality physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education is highly valued and appreciated.
At its spring 2019 meeting, the Commission:
The decisions have been posted on the website.
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