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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.

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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.

271

Number of PT Programs

36,799

Number of Enrolled PT Students (2020)

389

Number of PTA Programs

12,399

Number of Enrolled PTA Students (2020)