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The Cadre of On-site Reviewers consists of approximately 300 PTs, PTAs, basic scientists and higher education administrators. Each member of the OSR has undergone at least one 3-day training session to learn about CAPTE's expectations as well as how to conduct an on-site visit.

A group of approximately 300 volunteers are available to participate in visits to PT and PTA programs that are being reviewed by CAPTE.

The cadre of on-site reviewers includes PTs, PTAs and individuals who are not from the profession.

Each team that visits a PT program has three members: two PTs (an educator and a clinician), and a higher education administrator or basic scientist or educator from another health discipline.

Each team that visits a PTA program has three members: one PTA educator (PT or PTA), a clinician (PTA), and a higher education administrator.

All on-site reviewers are trained for their roles and commit to participating on at least one 5-day visit per year.

Become an On-site Reviewer

We identify potential on-site reviewers in a variety of ways: they are nominated by team members or faculty, they are recruited by staff and they self-nominate.

We are always looking for individuals to serve as on-site reviewers who:

  • are able to do at least one visit per year;
  • have time to carefully and thoroughly review self-study materials prior to each visit;
  • have strong oral and written communication skills;
  • are able to work in small groups;
  • are able to set aside any biases they may have about physical therapy education; and
  • are able to maintain confidentiality.

If you are interested in becoming an on-site reviewer,  contact accreditation@apta.org.

CAPTE-Related Events and Activities

CAPTE Calendar

The CAPTE calendar provides information on CAPTE meetings, upcoming site visits, and accreditation workshops.

CAPTE Accreditation Workshops

Developing Program Workshops and Self-study Workshops are held twice a year. These workshops provide support, information, and guidance on obtaining and maintaining accreditation. 

CAPTE Meetings

CAPTE holds two regularly scheduled meetings each year (in Spring and Fall), where programs are reviewed and accreditation decisions are voted upon

On-site Visits

On-site visits are conducted to validate the information submitted by programs seeking or maintaining accreditation in order to facilitate CAPTE's evaluation of the extent of compliance with the Standards and Required Elements.

Recent Actions and Updates

Access "What's New," as well as recent actions and updates from CAPTE, including reasons for candidacy decisions, and the Public Disclosures Notices related to CAPTE actions.

For OSRs

Access the Portal, standards and required elements, CAPTE calendar, and other tools and information.

Explore OSR Resources