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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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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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Jun 25, 2018
Common Terminology Recommendations Now Available on PTJ

We are pleased to announce that the PHYSICAL THERAPIST CLINICAL EDUCATION GLOSSARY is now available for use.

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Jun 18, 2018
Join us for the 2018 Celebration of Diversity Gala

The Gala benefs the minority scholarship fund and makes a difference in someone's life.

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Jun 18, 2018
Call for Volunteers for the Panel on Simulation in Physical Therapy Education

Read further to learn all the details about this new opportunity

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Jun 18, 2018
Prepare and Submit Motions for ACAPT's Annual Meeting at ELC

All motions must be final and sent to ACAPT by August 1st

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Jun 1, 2018
Register for a Medical Education Research Certificate Course at ELC

MERCs are intended to provide the knowledge necessary to understand the purposes and processes of medical education research, to become informed consumers of the medical education research literature, and to be effective collaborators in medical education research

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Jun 1, 2018
ELC 2018 Registration is Open

Don't wait to register for the hottest educational conference available for physical therapist academicians and clinicians

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May 22, 2018
Successful forum

Updates from Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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May 1, 2018
Secretary position change within ACAPT Board

Farewell to Dr. Kapasi and Welcome Dr. John to the ACAPT Board

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Apr 27, 2018
Call for Volunteers

Task Force to Enhance Academic Programs Awareness to the Mental Health and Wellness Needs of Students and Future Clinicians

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Apr 11, 2018
CHEP and JHR Student Writing Contest Winner

Congratulations to Creighton University student, Hayley Rieger!

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Apr 11, 2018
CHEP Grant winner

Congratulations Dr. Regina Kaufman from Springfield College!

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Mar 27, 2018
Special opportunities at ELC 2018

Some unique course opportunities at ELC 2018

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Mar 27, 2018
Accommodations for ELC

Reserve your hotel room now for ELC 2018 in Jacksonville!

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