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History

The formation of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) followed a natural evolution within the academy to pursue its deep and abiding commitment to excellence and innovation in the profession. Key steps in the development of ACAPT are captured below as a foundation for emergence of a new and sustaining culture of leadership in academic physical therapy.

Click here for A Brief History, synopsizing the vision that led to the creation of ACAPT.  You can view the blocks below that outline activity over certain years, or visit our oral history interviews to see videos of those who've played an instrumental role in the creation and development of ACAPT.

Click here to read "A New Home for Academic Physical Therapy: ACAPT's First 7 Years" by Susie Deusinger and Barb Sanders, published in JOPTE in 2017 (vol 31, No 3)

1945
A Historical Framework for ACAPT
2008
The Call to Action for Change
2010
ACAPT Becomes a Reality
2014+
Next Steps

What's Happening Today

A Steering Committee comprised of members of the boards from ACAPT, the Education Section, and APTA, to collaboratively work to bring together all relevant stakeholders having an interest in promoting excellence in physical therapist education. ACAPT is excited about our participation in this new group and look forward to providing updates on the progress of our collaborative work.

There are three Strategic Initiative Panels working on elements related to the Clinical Education Summit. In response to our conversations and recommendations at the Summit, these Panels are working on student readiness for clinical education, integrated clinical experiences, and the need for common terminology used in all levels of clinical education.

New admissions procedures (traffic rules) were approved by the membership to help clarify students’ obligations and opportunities in selection of best fit for professional education and continue to participate in the PTCAS advisory group.

We will bring to completion the study that tests engagement as an element of excellence, analyze and publish its results and develop a menu of options to use benchmarks in the pursuit of excellence.

We are establishing a series of Leadership Development Summits to empower faculty and program leadership to create vision, plan for change, and develop resources to support new initiatives and effect promotion and growth in the academy.

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Oct 2, 2018
The "US" in TRUST: Academic and Clinical Faculty as Role Models

Register today for the webinar to be held on November 1st, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. EST

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Sep 26, 2018
Nominations are now being accepted

Know someone that deserves recognition for an outstanding achievement in physical therapy? APTA's 2019 Honors & Awards nominations are now open! 

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Sep 26, 2018
We're seeking a liaison to ELI

ACAPT is in need of a member to serve as our liaison to APTA's Education Leadership Institute.

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Sep 26, 2018
Attention Students

We want your perspectives on leadership development and management education in physical therapy programs.

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Sep 26, 2018
Attention Faculty

We invite you to make a significant contribution to our understanding of leadership development and management education in physical therapy programs.

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Sep 12, 2018
Obesity prevention and treatment – Physical Therapy contributions to the interprofessional team

Seeking anyone interested in discussing present practices, competencies and roles

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Sep 12, 2018
Non-Pharmacological approaches to Pain Management workshop

December 4-5, 2018 Washington, DC

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Sep 12, 2018
CHEP and JHR Physical Therapy Student Essay Contest - $250 award!

Entries will be accepted November 1st 2018 through January 4th, 2019.

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Aug 28, 2018
University of Iowa 2018 Educational Summit: Student Debt Crisis in Academic Physical Therapy

An outstanding team of people from the University of Iowa, APTA, and ACAPT leadership, as well as academic/clinical leaders, and recent graduates gather together to develop solutions to confront the challenges of student debt.

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Aug 28, 2018
Join the Education Research Network at ELC

Whether you're curious or want to dialog about the scientific field of study that examines education, teaching, and learning processes using established criteria that shape educational outcomes, then you need to join us for networking breakfast on Saturday, October 13.

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Aug 28, 2018
Volunteer at ELC

Responsibilities include introducing speakers, moderating questions after presentations, assisting in finding late comer seating, etc.

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Aug 28, 2018
Task Force on the Clinical Education Placement Process

The purpose of the Task Force is to explore the issue of the placement process for clinical education experiences and formulate recommendations to ACAPT and the Academy of Physical Therapy Education.

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Aug 14, 2018
NCCE Task Force on Payment for Clinical Experience Survey: Invitation to participate

The Task Force is seeking input from a broad spectrum of clinical education stakeholders and diverse clinical settings on this important issue facing physical therapy clinical education.

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Jul 25, 2018
Sponsor of APTA’s 26th annual Celebration of Diversity

To date, more than 200 physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students and 14 faculty pursuing their doctoral degrees have received awards from the Minority Scholarship Fund.

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Jul 25, 2018
The 5th Annual Dr. Geneva R. Johnson Forum on Innovation in Physical Therapy

This year's keynote speaker is 3-star Lieutenant General Michael Nagata, the Director of Strategic Operational Planning at the National Counterterrorism Center.

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Jul 11, 2018
Is your institution registered in the NCCE?

Each ACAPT member institution is eligible to join NCCE

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Jul 10, 2018
Attend The Pediatric Physical Therapy Faculty Institute

The Institute is a one-day preconference course on November 8, 2018

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Jul 10, 2018
Seeking Collaboration on Clinical Education Awards and Recognition

ACAPT is interested in identifying individuals and/or groups who have established or are establishing procedures for awards and recognition within the clinical education community.

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