Amendments to the APTA bylaws have granted component status to the newly named American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT). ACAPT, originally established in 2010 as the Academic Council of the Board of Directors, provides leadership and direction for physical therapist academic and clinical education, such as facilitating collaboration across institutions to develop new education models; defining metrics of quality and excellence to enhance academic programs, departments, and schools; and influencing policy and regulation related to academic physical therapy.
ACAPT's voting members are academic institutions with CAPTE-accredited physical therapist programs, represented by individual APTA members per the bylaws amendments. ACAPT is meant to bridge a gap between APTA and PT education—APTA establishes goals and priorities that impact education, but educational institutions have the authority to change educational policies and practices. As educational institutions, the voting members of ACAPT will both determine and implement policies and practices in collaboration with APTA and other stakeholders.
As a component, ACAPT will send a representative to the annual House of Delegates as a consultant to respond to inquiries as directed by the speaker of the House. [RC 2-13, RC 3-13]
Draft language adopted by the 2013 House of Delegates will be available on the House Community no later than July 12. Final language for all actions taken by the June 2013 House will be available by September after the minutes have been approved.
See more results of the 2013 House of Delegates by following this link, or click on July 9 from the News Now calendar.
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