The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs. Program data is collected annually and is used for program reviews and to create the annual aggregate data and salary reports. It is also used by state licensing boards, researchers and other interested parties.
Scope of Accreditation Activities
CAPTE accredits first professional (entry-level) programs in the U.S. for the physical therapist at the doctoral degree level and programs for the physical therapist assistant at the associate degree level. CAPTE also accredits one physical therapist education program in Scotland.
CAPTE does NOT accredit transitional DPT programs or post-professional programs, both of which are typically designed for physical therapists already holding licensure.
View Demographic information about PT and PTA education programs is available, including program, student and faculty data. This information is collected on an annual basis in the Annual Accreditation Report (AAR).
School codes for licensure purposes are the purview of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). FSBPT will be notified of initial accreditation of PT and PTA programs within 30 days of the CAPTE decision made at a CAPTE meeting.
Master Lists of Accredited Programs
View currently and previously accredited education programs, including information about degrees conferred and first and last graduating classes, via the Master Lists. Each Master List is updated approximately 60 days after each CAPTE meeting.