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  • 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;
    • has been recognized as an independent agency since 1977 and has been the only recognized agency to accredit physical therapy programs since 1983;
    • currently accredits over 200 physical therapist education programs and over 250 physical therapist assistant education programs in the US and three physical therapist education programs in other countries (Canada and Scotland);
    • has 29 members from a variety of constituencies: PT and PTA clinicians, PT and PTA educators, basic scientists, higher education administrators and the public;
    • maintains a cadre of more than 250 volunteers who are trained to conduct on-site reviews of physical therapy programs;
    • conducts on-site visits to approximately 70 programs annually;
    • reviews information from approximately one-third of all accredited programs at each meeting;
    • is an active member of the Association of Specialized and Programmatic Accreditors (ASPA) and subscribes to the ASPA Code of Good Practice.

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  • American Physical Therapy Association | 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488 703/684-APTA (2782) | 800/999-2782 | 703/683-6748 (TDD) | 703/684-7343 (fax)