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 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can locate the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/APTACAPTE/
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.
At its April 21-26, 2017 meeting, the Commission:
The decisions have been posted on the website.
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
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
Part 9 Substantive Change
Part 11 Complaints
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Ellen Price, Lead Specialist for PT programs, will retire at the end of August. Ellen has provided 15 years of service to CAPTE and 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. Recruitment for Ellen’s position is occurring with details found on APTA’s employment website. The position is open for consideration of working remotely. Feel free to forward the information to anyone who might be interested or consider applying yourself.
The Accreditation staff would like to welcome and introduce Lisa Finnegan. Lisa is the PTA Lead Specialist. She will provide guidance and support for currently accredited PTA programs. Lisa relocated to CAPTE offices from a PTA program in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the past ten years, she has been the ACCE in a city with three PTA programs and two PT programs. She also taught lecture, lab, and distance education courses in Anatomy and Kinesiology, Orthopedic and Neurologic, Pathophysiology, Observation, and Measurement, Introduction to Physical Therapy, and Aquatics. She has a passion for excellence in education and is a proponent of active learning techniques. Do not expect to sit quietly in your seat in any of her workshops! She is the author of a medical terminology textbook used by many PTA programs and a peer reviewer for other PTA textbooks. Lisa enjoys being in the water and has designed and led aquatic wellness programs for clients with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and arthritis. Her community service also includes leading Stepping On workshops which have been proven to help reduce falls and increase confidence in community dwelling adults over 65 years old.
The Accreditation staff would also like to welcome and introduce Mike Chevalier. Mike is the PTA Specialist. He will provide guidance and support for currently accredited PTA programs with Lisa Finnegan as well as conduct routine functions that cross both PT and PTA programs. Mike is a native Washingtonian, born in DC and raised in Herndon VA. He worked for the American Statistical Association prior to going back to school to become an LPTA. During his time at ASA, he remembers reading an article in the Washingtonian magazine about what a great place the APTA is to work, and since then he has always kept an eye on job opportunities there. For the past five years, he has been a LPTA working in SNFs in the Northern VA area. He values the bond with his patients on their way to recovery. He now looks forward to the new challenges at APTA and the new bonds with both his coworkers and programs. He is a fan of all Washington sports, arts, and the outdoors. Watch for him, his family and Sandra with husband at the next Nationals baseball game.
At the spring meeting, CAPTE recognizes someone who has 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 Mary Jane Harris with the distinguished service award. Mary Jane served CAPTE for over twenty years. Her awareness of the interests, challenges, and changes in the specialized accreditation community as a whole, coupled with her deep and extensive knowledge of CAPTE’s accreditation requirements and rules are just a few characteristics that make Mary Jane a very selective honoree. Please join CAPTE and the staff in congratulating Mary Jane on her award.
At its April 29-May 4, 2016 meeting, the Commission:
Review the decisions.
CAPTE adopted numerous changes to its Rules, most 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.
NOTE: Revisions to the Standards and Required Elements are being explored as more programs are using them for accreditation. The Commission will consider revisions at its fall meeting in November. If you have any suggestions for improvement, please contact the Accreditation staff.
Side by Side Comparisons of the Standards and Required Elements to the Evaluative Criteria
Cheat Sheets (one page list of elements)
AFC Clarification for Faculty Resources
For PT programs to be considered eligible, consistent language is now in Required Elements: 4A, 4K and 8A.
Employed at least three (3) full-time faculty members including the program director and the ACCE/DCE and has identified sufficient faculty to implement the first two years of the program who are qualified with respect to content expertise, teaching and student evaluation skills. Evidence that faculty qualifications include contemporary expertise in assigned content. Each core faculty member has doctoral preparation and, if teaching clinical PT content, is licensed or regulated in any United States jurisdiction.
Program Director Qualifications
As you know, Program Director qualifications have changed with the new Standards and Required Elements that became effective January 1, 2016 . There is the possibility of obtaining an exemption for one specific component of Element 4G for accredited programs. If you believe this applies to you, please review the Exemption Request document.
IMPORTANT: Requests will be reviewed by CAPTE one time only at its Fall 2016 meeting. All requests and documentation must be sent to Accreditation no later than October 1, 2016 in order to be considered; specific submission details are in the Exemption Request form. After the fall 2016 CAPTE meeting, no exemptions will be considered at any future time. PLEASE NOTE: All Programs are expected to be in compliance with all Standards and Required Elements regardless of where your program is in the accreditation cycle.
New Commissioners were elected and retiring Commissioners were recognized at the Fall 2015 CAPTE Meeting. Please join me in welcoming the new commissioners:
Becky Keith, Central Panel
Beth Marcoux, Central Panel
Sherry Bell, PTA Panel
Neil Henning, PTA Panel
Jonna Mayfield, PTA Panel
Kim Rouillier, PTA Panel
Peggy Gleeson, PT Panel
Dave Greathouse, PT Panel
Richard E Talbott, PT Panel, PhD
Chair and Vice Chair ElectionsDoreen Stiskal was elected Vice Chair of the PTA Panel
Sharon Reid was elected Chair of the PTA Panel
Bob Post was elected Vice Chair of the PT Panel
Pam Ritzline was elected Chair of the PT Panel
Brad Thuringer was elected Vice-Chair of CAPTE
Ann Divine and Kathy Hastings were elected as Co-Chairs of CAPTE
Do reach out to the retiring commissioners and thank them for their excellent service to CAPTE:
Claire Peel—Chair of CAPTE
Charlene Portee—Vice Chair of CAPTE
Peter Zawicki—PTA Panel Chair
Teresa H Chiavacci—PTA Panel
Jeannie Bryan Coe—PT Panel
Leah Dvorak—PT Panel
Bernie King—PTA Panel
Charlotte Royeen—PT Panel
Barbara Williams—PT Panel
The long awaited Fact Sheets are now available on the CAPTE website. Do take time to explore the results to see what interesting facts you can find.
Actions Taken at the Fall 2015 CAPTE Meeting
At its November 6-11, 2015, meeting, the Commission:
Programs can update their websites to have 2 year outcome data rates instead of 3 years to be in alignment with the Standards.
Programs can also update their websites to reflect graduation rates with the 'new' formula as given on the AAR and Standards.
The Rules have been edited throughout to replace references to business days to read calendar days.
In Part 3 Organization of CAPTE, 3.1(b)2, qualifications for the 2 new permanent PTA panel members were added.
In Part 4 CAPTE Operations, the creation of a Finance Committee was approved and language to meet USDE/CHEA regulations were revised. Additionally, the process of expedited reconsiderations was discontinued for decisions of deny candidacy and withdraw accreditation: 4.3(i).
In Part 7 Procedures for…Pre-Accreditation. Important noneditorial changes include:
In Part 8, Procedures for…Accreditation changes include:
In Part 9 Procedures for Reporting changes the changes include:
In Part 13 Reconsideration one change included:
Reminder: The new Standards and Elements go into effect on January 1, 2016. All visits to programs, both preaccreditation and accreditation, scheduled for 2016 and thereafter will be conducted based on them.
Now available on the website are the following documents, which we hope will be useful to programs previously reviewed on the current evaluative criteria and now developing self-studies based on the new Standards:
A few changes were made to the Standards and Required Elements at CAPTE's last meeting. These changes include:
We all have felt the loss of Doug Clarke and Katie Beisner. We certainly wish them well on their own new career opportunities. Recruitment for both positions is occurring with details found on APTA’s employment website. Feel free to forward the information to anyone who might be interested or consider applying yourself.
New Team Member
The Accreditation staff would like to welcome and introduce its newest staff member, Tim Artis. Tim will be working as a senior coordinator providing general support and assistance to the director, the office manager and specialists. He will also provide back-up when needed for the other 2 senior coordinators who manage on-site visits and CAPTE operations.
Prior to his arrival at APTA, Tim worked for the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) as an account coordinator. He is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College for his bachelors in Civil Engineering. Tim was born at Ft. Belvoir and grew up as a military child. Within a few months of his birth, he traveled and lived in countries such as Germany, Spain, Italy, and Wales until he returned to the United States for his freshman year of high school. His hobbies include traveling, skiing/snowboarding, hiking, fishing, camping, and producing music. Tim has been to 6 out of the 7 continents on the planet. Can you guess the one he has not visited?
State Authorization Update
At the ACAPT meeting held during CSM, there was a brief discussion of the latest information regarding state authorization. View a copy of the presentation (.pdf).
After a lengthy search conducted by APTA, in collaboration with CAPTE, we are pleased to welcome Sandra Wise, PhD, to APTA and to the Accreditation Department staff. Sandra has been on board since April 22, two days prior to the beginning of the spring CAPTE meeting, so she has been highly engaged in accreditation activities from her first day. Sandra has a history with CAPTE; she has conducted at least 16 onsite visits and served as a commissioner for the PTA panel. Please join the staff in welcoming Sandra to the team.
After more than 20 years at APTA, 15-and-a-half of them as Director of Accreditation, Mary Jane has retired effective May 31, 2015. She plans to relocate to southern Utah where she will be closer to family. Mary Jane provided the vision and advocacy to create a highly effective accreditation process for physical therapy education for which she will always be remembered and honored.
At its April 24-29, 2015, meeting, the Commission:
In addition, the Commission:
The Commission acted to set the 2016 annual fee (due 12/1/2015) at $4,000. This represents a $500 increase over the 2015 fee. This increase is necessitated by several factors:
The 2017 annual fee is set at $4,000 and the 2018 annual fee is set at $4,250.
CAPTE also imposed a fee for review of a resubmitted Application for Approval of Substantive Change in the amount of 1/3 of the annual fee.
PLEASE NOTE that several fees are based on the annual fee amount. Therefore, the following fees will also rise: annual fees for additional cohorts, half-year annual fees, and the fee for first review of an Application for Approval of Substantive Change.
The Rules have been edited throughout to replace references to the evaluative criteria with references to the new standards and elements.
In Part 1 Integrity in the Accreditation Process, there is new language that gives notice that any action that inhibits the ability or willingness of program representatives or students to respond truthfully to questions posed by an on-site team is a breach of academic integrity. A new clause in Part 8 Procedures for…Accreditation, §8.7(b), emphasizes that on-site visit interviews are intended to be confidential and therefore are not open to individuals other than those intended to be there; the clause also prohibits recording of interviews.
In Part 3 Organization of CAPTE, §3.2(c), qualifications for a program director to serve as the consumer member on the Central Panel have been added.
As usual, there are a number of changes in Part 7 Procedures for…Pre-Accreditation. Two general editorial changes have been made throughout this Part: 1) the term "candidacy" (as a process) has been replaced with "pre-accreditation" and 2) the term "bona fide" has been replaced with "eligible for further review." Important non-editorial changes include:
Part 8, Procedures for…Accreditation changes include:
Part 9 Procedures for Reporting Changes includes a new change that must be pre-approved: use of prior learning assessment and/or competency-based education with direct assessment.
Reminder: The new Standards and Elements go into effect on January 1, 2016. All visits to programs, both preaccreditation and accreditation, scheduled for 2016 and thereafter will be conducted based on them.
The Accreditation Department, on behalf of CAPTE, is pleased to provide the 2016 Standards and Required Elements for Accreditation of PTA and PT programs that were adopted by CAPTE at its fall 2014 meeting. We would like to thank the Criterion Revision Group (CRG) for the many hours of work devoted to this task. In addition, we would like to thank those individuals who responded to the multiple calls for comment, which provided direction and redirection for the CRG.
All programs with an accreditation or candidacy site visit after January 1, 2016, will be reviewed using the 2016 Standards. As soon as Portal changes have been finalized, Self-study Reports for programs with a 2016 site visit will be created. Programs with a Candidacy Visit after January 1, 2016, will be contacted regarding the creation of an AFC that uses the 2016 Standards. In the meantime, please use the Standards to guide your work. Starting with the workshop at CSM, Self-study Workshops will be on the 2016 Standards.
Click here to access the 2016 Standards.
Additionally, a summary of changes CAPTE made just prior to the adoption of the 2016 Standards, along with the identification of significant changes from the current Evaluative Criteria, can be obtained by
As you may know, Mary Jane will retire in the first half of 2015 after 21 years of service in the Accreditation department. Please join us at a reception being held in her honor on Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, at the JW Marriott Hotel, Room 210.
At its November 2014 meeting, CAPTE made a number of changes to its Rules of Practice and Procedure (.pdf). All changes have been highlighted for your information. Of particular note and importance for programs are the following:
Anastasia DiCicco has joined the Accreditation staff in the position of Pre-accreditation Specialist. She brings a variety of experience to us, most recently from the Yoga Alliance where she was involved in the certification of yoga programs and schools.
As the Pre-accreditation Specialist, Anastasia will be responsible for managing the candidacy process and serve as the primary contact in the accreditation department for developing programs, both PT and PTA. As you can imagine, though, the learning curve for new staff in Accreditation is very steep, so the rest of the department staff will be supporting her as she learns about CAPTE, the pre-accreditation and accreditation process, our database and the Accreditation Portal, and physical therapy education.
Please direct your future inquiries and correspondence about the pre-accreditation process to Anastasia. She can be reached by telephone at 703-706-8593 and by e-mail at email@example.com.
Archived: What's New?
CAPTE acts on 157 programsAt its November 1-6, 2013 meeting, CAPTE made decisions about 55 PT and 102 PTA programs. Included among the decisions, 6 programs were granted candidacy and 9 programs were granted initial accreditation. Click here for a list of all program actions taken during the meeting.
CAPTE Adopts Changes to its Rules of Practice and ProcedureCAPTE has made a variety of changes in its Rules of Practice and Procedure. Unless noted otherwise, all the changes are effective immediately. Of primary interest to programs are the following:
1. Significant changes have been made to the CANDIDACY program (see Part 7 for all of the changes):
2. Significant changes have been made in the INITIAL ACCREDITATION process:
3. Other important changes:
The revised Rules are available by clicking here. Please take some time to look at all of the changes.
In order to facilitate submission of the necessary information upon which CAPTE relies to make accreditation decisions, the evidence lists for six PT criteria have been edited to add more clarity and specificity. The affected criteria are have been edited to add more clarity and specificity. The affected criteria are: P-1, P-2, P-3, CP-2.2, CO-1 (all related to mission, goals, and outcomes) and CP-2.3 (related to prerequisites).
Additionally, a change has been made to one evidence list of the PTA Criteria. The affected criterion is 1.4.2 related to information available to students which now includes submission of sample enrollment agreements, as appropriate.
The Commission adopted a new 3-5 year strategic plan. Elements of the plan include:
Task Forces to address the five elements are being constituted and will include representatives from the education community. Some of the work will start soon; the rest will be phased in as time permits.
The Commission has elected Claire Peel to be the Chair in 2014. Ann Divine has been elected to the position of Vice-Chair. Per CAPTE's Rules, Claire and Ann also serve as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Central Panel. Newly elected to leadership of the PT Panel are Beth Marcoux, Chair and Bob Post, Vice Chair. The PTA panel leadership will be Marlene Medin, Chair and Sharon Reid, Vice Chair.
CAPTE Elects New Commissioners (term January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2017)
The following individuals have been elected to serve on CAPTE in the following positions:
Additionally, Jean Bryan Coe, PT, DPT, PhD (TX), has been appointed for one year to fill a vacated position (PT Educator).
Eight members of CAPTE will complete their four-year terms on CAPTE on December 31, 2013. Completing terms on the Central Panel are Martha Hinman, CAPTE Chair; and Stefanie Palma, CAPTE Vice Chair. Completing terms on the PT review panel are Jean Bryan Coe, Jennie Gregory, and Sherilynn Spear. Completing terms on the PTA review panel are Angela Heaton, Nancy Remington and Peter Zawicki. Additionally, Lee Nelson has resigned from the PT Panel.
All of these individuals have been dedicated to improving the quality of physical therapy education through the accreditation process. We all owe them our thanks for their work.
We also want to specifically acknowledge the contribution of Marty Hinman in her capacity as Chair. She gave selflessly to the many activities related to the consideration of the future of CAPTE governance. Great strides toward more autonomy for CAPTE were made under her leadership.
The Criteria Revision Group (CRG) began the process of considering revision of the PT and PTA evaluative criteria in mid-2013. The CRG was tasked with three objectives as part of their review:
Several conference calls and one face-to-face meeting will soon result in a first draft of proposed changes. Current plans are for the CRG to release a first draft of proposed changes in mid-January, 2014.
In addition to seeking written input, an OPEN HEARING has been scheduled during CSM to provide an opportunity for attendees to offer comment in a public forum:
Date/time: Tuesday, February 4, 2014; 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Venetian Hotel, Galileo 1003-1005 (subject to change)
Date/time: Tuesday, February 4, 2014; 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Venetian Hotel, Galileo 1003-1005 (subject to change)
After collection of feedback on the first draft, the CRG will meet to consider the feedback and make any necessary changes, after which a second draft will be released for comment and, if necessary, another hearing at Annual Conference. The CRG's hope is that new criteria will be adopted at the November 2014 CAPTE meeting.
Members of the CRG are Sherry Bell, Patricia Brown, Jackie Long-Goding, Stephen MacDonald, Tom Mohr, Karen Paschal (Chair), Claire Peel, Bob Post, Sharon Reid, and Scott Ward.
The Accreditation department is pleased to welcome two new staff: Lauri Bodwell and Katherine (Kat) Semakula. Their arrival in October was the final piece of a puzzle that we have been working on since early in the year; that is, a restructuring of the department. We will also be adding a new position next year.
Previously the department was structured primarily around the types of programs that we accredit, with one group attending to the needs of PT programs, another group attending to PTA programs and another engaged in more overarching activities. We have now reorganized around our work functions.
To get the best service from us, please direct your calls to the appropriate person. Here is a list of the commonly requested information and the best person to contact about them.
CAPTE’s Central Panel met in late July to review programs seeking candidacy and to conduct business as appropriate. The Panel reviewed seven programs for candidacy: five programs were granted Candidate for Accreditation status and two were denied. Click here to access a list of these actions.
Please join the CAPTE commissioners and staff in congratulating our Director of Accreditation, Mary Jane Harris, on receiving an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions at their August commencement (seen in photo with RMU President Rick Nielsen and Provost Sandy Pennington). Dr. Harris has served CAPTE with distinction for close to 20 years and is highly respected in the educational and accreditation communities.
Due to the many already overlapping activities during Conference, we were unable to find a convenient time for a Town Hall. Instead, we will organize a webinar to take place following conference. As soon as the details are known, we will let you know.
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education met April 19-24, 2013. Outcomes of the meeting include the following:
Accreditation decisions regarding 50 PT and 81 PTA programs:
A list of all decisions has been posted to this website.
Review of the 2012 Annual Accreditation Reports. Following the review, CAPTE requested additional information from 20 PT and 41 PTA programs.
Adoption of two new Position Papers:
Rescindment of the position statement regarding PTA Education and Joint Mobilization because the intent of the statement is included in the new position paper "Expectations…Regarding Direction and Supervision"
Recognition of the Distinguished Service of two members of the Cadre of On-site Reviewers (COR):
Both are avid supporters of the accreditation review process and have garnered the admiration and respect of the team members with which they have worked and the programs that they have visited.
Revision of the Rules of Practice and Procedure. The April 2013 version of the Rules has been posted to CAPTE's website. Numerous changes were made in Parts 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, and 16. While programs should familiarize themselves with all of the changes, the following changes are of particular importance to programs:
PART 7: CANDIDATE FOR ACCREDITATION
PART 8: PROCEDURES FOR ACHIEVEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF ACCREDITATION
PART 9: PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING AND APPROVAL OF PROGRAM CHANGES
There are numerous changes in Part 9. Due to the extensive revision of this part, they are not being reported in detail here. Programs are encouraged to review the Rules to identify specific changes. The changes generally fall into the following categories:
PART 10: ADMINISTRATIVE PROBATION
PART 11: PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING COMPLAINTS ABOUT AN ACCREDITED OR DEVELOPING PHYSICAL THERAPY EDUCATION PROGRAM
PART 16: FEES
At its December 2012 meeting, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) of the US Department of Education reviewed CAPTE's Petition for Recognition and recommended to the Secretary of Education that CAPTE's recognition be continued. The Committee identified some issues that need to be addressed in a Compliance Report. In February 2013, we received notice that the Secretary had agreed with the NACIQI recommendation. We will be submitting the requested report in January 2014.
At its meeting on September 24-25, 2012, the CHEA Board of Directors reviewed the recommendation of the CHEA Committee on Recognition regarding the recognition application submitted by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. The board of directors accepted the committee's recommendation and granted recognition to CAPTE.
Last Updated: 12/8/2017