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.
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.
Needed Now: Your Comments
Every five years, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education is required to collect input from various stakeholders on the adequacy of the Standards and Required Elements for accreditation of PT and PTA programs to evaluate the quality of those programs and their relevance to student needs. Your comments are critical to the success of PT and PTA education, and to the readiness of students to provide quality care to patients and clients. Comments are due June 20.
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By the Numbers
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)