• June 1, 2019 Update

    CAPTE Mandates

    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.

    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 9 Substantive Change
      the 10% enrollment increase. Only new students will now be counted in the CAPTE set class size. It should be noted that re-entering and decelerating students do not count in the set class size.

    • Part 16 Program Fees
      16.7 Waived workshop registration fee for on-site reviewers and current Commissioners

    Your Program's Webpage

    1. Several program websites continue to display inaccurate information. The language must be:

      [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].
    2. According to CAPTE Rules, programs must provide the public with current, accurate, reliable, and easily available information about student outcomes. Additionally, some program websites state that the data is reported to the American Physical Therapy Association. As this is inaccurate, be sure any such statement references data reported to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

      The items highlighted here are areas that are found to be out of compliance for some programs.

      At a minimum, information about outcomes must (1) include graduation rate, ultimate licensure exam pass rate, and employment rate, all averaged over the most recent two years, (2) identify the years being reported, and (3) be updated annually at the time that the program submits its Annual Accreditation Report (AAR).

      Annual rates are expected to be determined as follows:

      (i) Graduation rate: use the formula required in the AAR
      (ii) Licensure examination pass rate which is the ultimate pass rate for one year of data and is consistent with the information published by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
      (iii) Employment rate: % of graduates who sought employment and were employed as PTs or PTAs within one year of graduation.

    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.

    Graduation Rate Calculation

    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.

    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

    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 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.

    Staffing Changes

    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.

    Position Paper

    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.

    • Dolly Swisher—co-chair
    • Beth Marcoux—co-chair
    • Mary Blackinton
    • Dianne Jette
    • Bev Johnson
    • Diana Ploeger
    • Kim Rouillier
    • Kevin Rudeen

    Revisions to Standards and Required Elements

    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.

    Use of Credentials

    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.

    On-Site Visits 2020

    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.

    Actions Taken at the Spring 2019 CAPTE Meeting

    At its spring 2019 meeting, the Commission:

    • Made 8 Candidate for Accreditation decisions
    • Made 8 Initial Accreditation status decisions
    • Made 179 accreditation (reaffirm, continue, and substantive change) status decisions (1 program on warning, 16 programs on probation, 0 program show cause, 0 program withdrawals at institution request, 8 substantive changes, 24 requests for additional information)
    • Reviewed information regarding program changes since fall 2018
    • Reviewed the most recent program data submitted on the Annual Accreditation Report and the 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.