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. 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.
Ellen Price, Lead Specialist for PT programs, will officially retire at the end of December. She will continue to provide service to CAPTE until her replacement has been onboarded during 2017. Ellen has provided 15 years of service to CAPTE and has been instrumental in shaping quality physical therapy education. She will be missed by everyone in the physical therapy education community. We certainly wish her well on her new adventures.
An offer for Ellen's position has been made with a future announcement to be provided when all details have been completed.
New Commissioners were elected and retiring Commissioners were recognized at the Fall 2016 CAPTE Meeting.
Please join me in welcoming the new Commissioners:
Patricia Brown, Central Panel
Doreen Stiskal, Central Panel
Kerri Bednarcik, PTA Panel
Jason Dougherty, PTA Panel
Cindy Buchanan, PTA Panel
Diane Clark, PT Panel
Patricia Trela, PT Panel
Chair and Vice Chair Elections
Diana Ploeger was elected Vice Chair of the PTA Panel
Jan Haas was elected Chair of the PTA Panel
Bev Johnson was elected Vice Chair of the PT Panel
Pam Ritzline was elected Chair of the PT Panel
Beth Marcoux was elected Vice Chair of CAPTE
Dolly Swisher was elected as Chair of CAPTE
Do reach out to the retiring Commissioners and thank them for their excellent service to CAPTE:
Ann Divine — Co-Chair of CAPTE
Kathy Hastings — Co-Chair of CAPTE
Sharon Reid — PTA Panel Chair
Doreen Stiskal — PTA Panel Vice Chair
Carol Fawcett — PTA Panel
Bob Post — PT Panel Vice Chair
Kim Cohee — PT Panel
At its November 4-9, 2016, meeting, the Commission:
The decisions have been posted on the website.
The task force focused on CAPTE's rules, specifically Rule 9.10: Expansion of Program Accreditation Status to an Additional Program Offering. The task force recommended and CAPTE approved that bridge programs for foreign educated physical therapists and physical therapist assistants would be an expansion of the current entry-level programs. The application for approval of substantive change process would need to be completed according to the respective Rules of Practice and Procedure of CAPTE.
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy is exploring the opportunity for foreign educated physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to be eligible to sit for the licensure exam without completion of a CAPTE accredited bridge program. If you are interested in more details about this process, please contact FSBPT directly.
At the Fall 2015 CAPTE meeting a motion was passed to create a task force to explore the feasibility of allowing Physical Therapist Assistant education programs to offer the option of a bachelor's degree as the entry level degree where allowed by state law and institutional accreditation policies. The task force was convened in Winter/Spring 2016 with a report delivered to CAPTE at the Fall 2016 meeting. After much thoughtful discussion, the task force determined that there not be any change in the entry level degree for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). The primary reasons for this decision were the minimal number of requests for the change, lack of constituent support in available research, potential for confusion of PTA and PT role identity, increased cost of education for the student, and no change in scope of work for the PTA. CAPTE accepted the report.
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.
Parts 4, 7, 9
Part 7 Pre-accreditation
Part 8 Procedures for Achievement and Maintenance of Accreditation
Part 9 Substantive Change
With the rule change related to increases in class size, it is necessary to establish the CAPTE set class size for every program. This class size will be set by the planned class size entered by the program with the 2016 AAR. Going forward, this planned class size will remain constant providing the benchmark for requesting an increase in class size of 10% or more. Should the planned class size entered not be the usual and customary class size for your program, please reach out to the respective program Lead Specialist to determine what, if any, changes should be made and whether an application for approval of a substantive change is required.
Programs will be required to engage an independent third-party to verify the employment data reported in the Accreditation Annual Report (AAR) during the year that the program is required to do an expanded AAR starting in 2018. Further details on the process will be made available to those programs having an expanded AAR due in 2018.
8.20 Information Required to be Made Public by the Program(b) Student Outcomes
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All student achievement data reported/published for any purpose is expected to reflect an accurate and verifiable portrayal of the program’s performance, which is subject to review for integrity, accuracy, and completeness. CAPTE reserves the right to request that a program provide verification by an external source of a program’s student achievement data that CAPTE relies on, in part, in making an accreditation decision. The program is responsible for any cost related to verification by an external source of a program’s student achievement data.
The USDE expects outcomes data to be accurate requiring accreditors to have processes in place to verify program reported student outcomes.
Based on the hard work of the Accreditation Task Force as well as changes in the accrediting regulatory environment, revisions to the new Standards and Required Elements will be proposed at the Spring 2017 CAPTE meeting. The intent is to provide clarity of CAPTE's expectations as well as create some efficiency in preparing the Self-Study Report. Additionally, the revisions will include any curriculum modifications needed to meet the FSBPT changes proposed for its test blueprint. If the changes are substantive to existing standards/elements, changes can only be implemented after notifying the communities of interest of the proposed changes, providing reasonable opportunity for comment, considering the feedback obtained, and providing sufficient advance notice of implementation. Proposed changes, including the planned effective date, will be circulated to the communities of interest who will be given at least thirty (30) days to provide comment.
Programs are reminded that there is an accreditation fee increase in 2018. The new fee is $4,250. Please be sure to put this increase in the academic budget that includes 2018.
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Last Updated: 12/21/2016