• June 1, 2017 Update

    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.

    New Team Member

    CAPTE is pleased to announce the hire of Dr. Candy Bahner in the role of Lead Specialist for PT Programs. Candy brings many years of experience in physical therapy education, accreditation, leadership and practice to the Accreditation team. She previously served CAPTE as Commissioner, on-site team leader, and candidacy reviewer. Candy has been a Chair of a DPT program and has experience as the Assistant Chair and Director of Clinical Education. She also has many years of experience as the Director of a Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

    Candy has been the recipient of several honors and awards such as the FA Davis Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Educator Award, Wichita State University College of Health Professions Leadership Academy Fellow, KPTA Carolyn Bloom Life Time Achievement Award, KPTA Susan Tork Distinguished Service Award, and Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy President’s award.  Candy received her Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Kansas, her Master of Science degree in education from Pittsburg State University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College.

    Please join me in welcoming Candy to CAPTE as she enters her role on June 12, 2017. During the interim, Ellen Price continues to cover PT programs and will be instrumental in onboarding Candy into her new role.

    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 reviewer, and/or service on ad hoc committees as assigned. This spring CAPTE honored Claire Peel, Abby Heydman and Doug Clarke 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.


    CAPTE has now fully arrived into the 21st century with its own Facebook page. The intent is to push out information to CAPTE’s stakeholders and is not available for viewer comments. Accreditation staff always welcomes your comments at: accreditation@apta.org

    You can locate the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/APTACAPTE/

    CAPTE’s Homepage Has a New Section

    For those of you interested in research and/or data, CAPTE has added another link to its homepage just for Researchers. The Researchers page will provide direct links to CAPTE's Fact Sheets, instructions on how to request CAPTE data and other useful information. Be sure to check it out the next time you visit CAPTE’s homepage.

    Actions Taken at the Spring 2017 CAPTE Meeting

    At its April 21-26, 2017 meeting, the Commission:

    • Made 4 new Candidate for Accreditation decisions
    • Made 11 initial accreditation status decisions
    • Made 104 accreditation (reaffirm, continue, and substantive change) status decisions (4 programs on warning, 2 programs on probation, 1 program show cause)
    • Reviewed information regarding program changes since November 2016
    • Reviewed information provided in the 2016 Annual Accreditation Reports

    The decisions have been posted on the website.

    Changes 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:

    Part 4 Operation of CAPTE

    • 4.3(1)(iv) Requires that pre-accreditation or accreditation will not be granted if the institution/program is on sanctions from a recognized agency

    Part 7 Pre-accreditation

    Note: For developing programs, including those with Candidate for Accreditation status, please email Anastasia DiCicco with questions.

    Part 8 Procedures for Achievement and Maintenance of Accreditation

    • 8.16(c) Programs placed on probation may be required to suspend enrolling new cohorts
    • 8.17(a)(2) Added language to allow staff to first assess submitted program responses to requests for additional information

    Part 9 Substantive Change

    • 9.4(c)(1)(i) Allows for cohorts to be suspended for two years. After two years programs will need to undergo other processes for restarting a cohort
    • 9.6(d)(1) Added language to clearly require programs to implement approved change within one year of approval

    Part 11 Complaints

    • 11.2 Added anonymous complaints to the complaint review process
    • 11.6 Added staff to those who can initiate a complaint

    Invoices for 2018

    Accreditation staff is going to pilot a new process for distributing invoices for the 2018 accreditation fees. Rather than provide invoices in September, they will be provided in August of 2017. The intent is to increase efficiency of Accreditation staff in answering questions related to invoices as well as questions related to the Annual Accreditation Report (AAR) that is generally distributed at the same time. If you have any questions, please reach email Tej Chana.

    Changes to the Standards and Required Elements

    Revisions to the Standards and Required Elements were explored as more programs have now used them for accreditation. The Commission will continue to consider revisions at its fall meeting in late October 2017 with the intent to implement any proposed changes by the end of 2018. If you have any suggestions for improvement, please contact the Accreditation staff.

    Standards and Required Elements Clarification/Interpretations

    It has come to CAPTE's attention that some states require PT/PTA faculty to be licensed in the state where the program is located. CAPTE requires programs to have policies that are compatible with applicable law (Required Element 3G). Thus, programs will be expected to have policies and be in compliance with any state law that mandates faculty (core and associated) be licensed in the state where they are teaching.

    CAPTE would like to provide clarity for Required Element 2C Curriculum Assessment. The intent of the Required Element is broader in scope than just covering all the components of 2C. Thus, CAPTE and onsite reviewers will focus on:

    • How the curricular evaluation process considers the changing roles and responsibilities of the physical therapist practitioner and the dynamic nature of the profession and the health care delivery system.
    • Whether evidence was provided that student achievement and graduate outcomes are used to assess the curriculum.
    • How the clinical education component is assessed, including at minimum, the assessment of the number and variety of clinical sites and the appropriate length and placement within the curriculum.
    • Whether the process identifies the stakeholders from whom data is collected, the method(s) used to collect data, and the timing of the collection.
    • Whether there was a summary of the strengths and weaknesses from the most recent curricular evaluation, including clinical education.
    • Description of curricular changes, including to clinical education, made within the last four years with the rationale/evidence for the change(s).

    Because the assessment of the required elements for Standard 6 is provided in Standard 6, there is no need to assure the 2C curriculum assessment covers each individual required element in Standard 6. Additionally, 2C does not include an expectation for triggers/benchmarks in the curriculum assessment.

    Please direct any questions you might have to the Accreditation staff.

    Fact Sheets

    CAPTE aggregated data from the annual accreditation reports have been posted since March, 2107. 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. Depending on purpose for use of data, further documentation may be required.

    Archived Updates

    View past CAPTE updates.

  • Last Updated: 6/9/2017
    Contact: accreditation@apta.org