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How to Join

How to join or renew ACAPT membership

U.S., CAPTE-accredited physical therapist education programs that pay ACAPT annual dues are ACAPT member institutions.

  • ACAPT annual membership dues are $3,250 per separately-accredited program. The dues cycle is July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

  • Physical therapist education programs that obtain initial CAPTE accreditation in the fall may pay a one-time only half dues of $1,625 for membership starting on January 1 and ending on June 30 in the year following their fall accreditation.

  • After June 30, those institutions not paid will be in the grace period which ends forty-five (45) calendar days before the annual ACAPT business meeting at the Annual Physical Therapy Education Leadership Conference (ELC). This year's Annual Meeting will be on Thursday, October 17, 2024 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm PST.

  • If the dues are not received within forty-five (45) calendar days before the annual business meeting, an institution’s membership benefits will be revoked and the membership rights, including voting on motions, will terminate.  Upon payment of dues, a member institution may be reinstated.

  • Institutions must identify their ACAPT member representative each year at the time dues are paid.  Representatives can be either the program director or a full-time core faculty member (as defined by CAPTE.)

  • To request institution membership or ask any other questions about membership or renewals, please contact us at acapt@acapt.org.

Who benefits from an institution's membership?

After a member institution has paid its dues, the following can join for FREE and take advantage of ACAPT member benefits:

  • Faculty members of member institutions, including non-physical therapists of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program
  • Clinical affiliates of a member institution who have been confirmed through the member representative

Create your free profile to access benefits in the ACAPT Member Portal at membersportal.acapt.org.

Eligibility Information

APTA members who represent institutions of higher education located in the United States of America with a physical therapist education program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) may be designated as Council members by such an institution. The institution will be represented by one academic administrator or other designated full‐time core faculty member (as defined by CAPTE) in the program.

  • Institutions with an accredited physical therapist education program that offer one or more expansion programs shall have one institutional representative selected by the Institution.
  • Institutions with two separately accredited physical therapist education programs may have one designated representative for each of those accredited physical therapist education programs.
  • The individual designated to represent any institution must be a member in good standing of the Association.
  • The institution must continue to maintain a program that is accredited by CAPTE. An institution whose program has lost accreditation shall regain the right to designate a representative to the Council if its program regains accreditation from CAPTE.

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