Academic Innovation

Curricula, teaching and learning

Several ACAPT consortia are working on innovative models for curricula, teaching and learning. We encourage individual members of ACAPT member institutions to join the consortia below for FREE.

    SIPTEC represents ACAPT member institutions with a strong interest in simulation as a pedagogical approach to the education and professional development of PT students, residents/fellows and clinical educators.

    2021 accomplishments include:

    • Celebrating our first year with successful elections and 100+ current members.
    • Hosted a Taking Simulation Virtual webinar.
    • Launched a Simulation 101 recorded program with 2 live Q&A sessions conducted to date.
    • Engaged in strategic planning with SIPTEC members and integrating this work with the ACAPT Strategic Initiative Panel on Simulation (SIPS) report (available at to create the SIPTEC 5-year plan.
    • Established a task force to develop a template for creating simulation scenarios - a first step towards creating an online physical therapy simulation library.

    Nicki Silberman, PT, DPT, PhD
    Simulation in PT Education (SIPTEC) Chair

    Assistant Professor & Director of Clinical Education at Hunter College

    CHEP provides classroom activities and lessons related to the humanities, ethics and professionalism.

    Following are curated resources from ACAPT's Consortium for Humanities Ethics & Professionalism (CHEP):

    CHEP joins the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR) to sponsor the annual Physical Therapy Student Writing Competition. Every January, a winner receives a $250 award from CHEP, and the contest winner and two finalists publish their essays in JHR. 

    Congratulations to Kelsey Robinson from Neumann University, winner of CHEP's 2021 student essay contest and the two finalists:  Xzvier Gibson from Springfield College and Henry Fok from Columbia University.  Students wrote about an experience that significantly impacted their professional growth and identity as a future physical therapist, with respect to the public health crises of racism and/or COVID-19. 


    Cindy Dodds, PT, PhD, PCS
    Consortium of Humanities, Ethics & Professionalism (CHEP) Chair

    Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina

    ACAPT's Education and Pedagogy Consortium (EPC) focuses on exploring and promoting best practices of pedagogy and education by providing an avenue for member institutions to collaborate and discuss teaching methodology/processes, educational assessment methods and outcomes, and scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) related to physical therapy education.

    EPC co-hosted the first PT Education “SIG-Sortium” meeting at CSM & ELC 2020 - an Academy of Education's special interest group (SIG) and two ACAPT consortia working together on overlapping topics of interest - that includes:

    • ACAPT’s Clinical Reasoning Curricula & Assessment Consortium (CRCAC),
    • ACAPT’s Education & Pedagogy Consortium and
    • APTA’s Academy of Education Scholarship of Education (SoE) Special Interest Group (SIG)  

    In addition:

    • EPC is using Basecamp to implement the Sig-Sortium mentor/mentee program. First Zoom meeting held in April 2020. Mentorship program to facilitate educational research was in May 2020.  Some groups continue to work with members.
    • Quarterly book club using “Small Teaching Online” by Darby and Lang in December 2020- March 2021.  

    Shawn Drake, PT, PhD
    Education & Pedagogy Consortium Chair

    Chair, Physical Therapy & Professor of Physical Therapy at Arkansas State University

    ACAPT’S Early Assurance BS/DPT Program Consortium (EAC) is designed for faculty who work in a DPT program that offers combined undergraduate and graduate degrees with criteria on progression or advancement to subsequent years of study. 

    EAC members met in 2020 to discuss initiatives and goals.

    Several leaders and members of the EAC have worked together to develop a survey to learn more about the similarities and differences amongst EA programs. This survey will be deployed by ACAPT in August/September; we thank you in advance for taking part.

    Diane Heislein, EABSDPT Chair

    Kim Ferreira, PT, PhD 

    Early Assurance BS/DPT Program Consortium Chair

    Chair, School of Rehabilitation Sciences & DPT Program Director at Andrews University