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The CAPTE Accreditation Handbook comprises the official operating policies, practices, and procedures used by CAPTE. It includes the Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Standards and Required Elements for PTs and PTAs, and CAPTE's Position Papers.

CAPTE’s Call for Comment provides an opportunity for physical therapy education constituents to provide feedback on the adequacy of the first draft of the Revised Standards and Required Elements. The Commission uses the standards and required elements to evaluate the quality of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs and their relevance to student needs.

We hope you will provide feedback during this important comprehensive revision of the CAPTE accreditation standards. View the 2022 PT Standards and Required Elements First Draft and the 2022 PTA Standards and Required Elements First Draft. Then, please take the PT Survey and PTA Survey to provide your feedback. CAPTE needs to hear from you, so please participate in this survey and send your responses by December 15, 2022.

For ease of use, the Handbook is divided into those four parts:

Rules of Practice and Procedure
Contains CAPTE’s official operating policies, procedures, and practices, which the commission reviews regularly. The most recent revisions are highlighted in yellow.

PT Standards and Required Elements
Defines the standards and required elements for accreditation as a physical therapist education program.

PTA Standards and Required Elements
Defines the standards and required elements for accreditation as a physical therapist assistant education program.

CAPTE Position Papers
Lists the positions that CAPTE has adopted, with adoption and revision dates, as well as positions the commission has rescinded. The most recent revisions are highlighted in yellow.