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  • Feedback Needed on First Draft of Revised Accreditation Criteria

    The first draft of revised criteria for physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) education programs is now available for review, and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is seeking input both online and at the upcoming 2014 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Las Vegas.

    The document is being made available at the CAPTEwebpage related to the project. The draft, created by CAPTE's Criteria Revision Group (CRG), is intended to be the basis for a set of revised criteria that will guide accreditation decisions. As part of its refinement process the CRG is hoping to receive feedback from interested parties including faculty, university and program administrators, practitioners, students, alumni, and employers.

    The CRG offers 2 ways to provide input—via an online survey with a February 24 deadline, and at an in-person hearing during the CSM. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30 pm in Galileo-1003, 1004, 1005 on the first level of the Venetian, the host hotel. The survey is easy to complete, but the CRG advises participants that they must enable cookies and be sure to use the same computer and web browser if they decide to complete the survey over more than 1 session.

    Revisions developed as a result of this round of commentary will be made available for later comment. The CRG will meet in early March to discuss feedback received from the surveys and CSM session.

    Questions about the process? Need more information? Contact CAPTE staff.

    Innovative PT Center of Excellence Reaches $3 Million Mark

    In what it describes as an effort aimed at "changing the face of physical therapy" the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) announced that it has raised $3 million to fund a program dedicated to training physical therapists in health services research. The Foundation's Center of Excellence is set to launch in 2015 thanks to donations from APTA, many of its state chapters, APTA components, and a long list of corporate and private donors.

    The Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research (COE) will focus on significantly expanding the number of physical therapist (PT) investigators specializing in research around health services and policy. The project was created in response to a lack of sufficient data related to physical therapy in services/policy research, and a shortage of PTs with the skills to conduct this kind of research.

    Work to bridge these gaps will begin when the Foundation awards a $2.5 million grant to launch and manage the COE. Current Foundation plans are to begin accepting letters of intent later in 2014 and to grant the award in 2015. The Foundation will continue to raise funds for the campaign to strengthen its ability to offer health services/health policy research grants and scholarships along with clinical research awards.

    In a Foundation press release (.pdf), Foundation Board of Trustees President William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, thanked all who participated in the fundraising efforts and stated that the financial support "Will put us on the road to changing the face of physical therapy, securing our place in the future of health care, and dramatically improving the quality of care we provide to our clients."

    Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible and can be made online or sent to Foundation headquarters at 1111 N Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. For more information, e-mail Foundation staff or call 800/875-1378.