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CAPTE is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

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Accreditation is a process used in the US to assure the quality of the education that students receive. It is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process that occurs on a regular basis.

CAPTE, as an accrediting organization will come before the Council on Higher Education’s Committee on Recognition. The call for comment has just been posted to the CHEA website and can be found here.

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF PENDING RECOGNITION REVIEW AND CALL FOR THIRD-PARTY COMMENT. CHEA makes public through its Website that the accrediting organization has undertaken a recognition review. The CHEA public notice also calls for third-party comments and identifies the period during which third-party comment will be received. The accrediting organization is required to (A) publicize (using the CHEA public notice statement) that the organization has asked CHEA to conduct a recognition review and the time period during which CHEA will receive third-party comments about the organization’s recognition review and (B) inform CHEA staff of compliance with this requirement. 

Individuals can also access the CHEA Public Announcement for Third-Party Comment here.

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Accredited and Candidacy Programs
Data collected from 2020 Annual Accreditation Reports submitted by programs on or before 12/1/2020.


Number of PT Programs


Number of Enrolled PT Students (2020)


Number of PTA Programs


Number of Enrolled PTA Students (2020)