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Each ACAPT member institution must designate an ACAPT member representative each year when the institution pays dues.

The member rep may be:

  • A program director (or)
  • The program director may designate one full-time core faculty member, as defined by CAPTE's Core Faculty Determination Table.  Core faculty include directors of clinical education (DCEs).

Additional guidelines for member reps:

  • Each representative from any member institution must be a member in good standing of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
  • Member institutions with more than one separately accredited physical therapist education program may have one member representative for each of those accredited physical therapist education programs.
  • The member institution may change its member rep by written notice at any time by contacting acapt@acapt.org

ACAPT member rep responsibilities

  • Attend all ACAPT business meetings, typically held annually in October during the Educational Leadership Conference (ELC)
  • Speak and debate
  • Option to make or co-sponsor and second motions
  • Vote on motions and for the ACAPT board of directors
  • Hold office
  • Designate an individual member of your ACAPT member institution with authority to act according to the above rights on behalf of the representative in his or her absence
    • Delegation of authority of the ACAPT member representative to an individual member from the same institution must be submitted in writing to ACAPT by the representative of the member institution (or, in extenuating circumstances, by an administrative representative of the member institution) at least 1 week in advance of exercising a member institution’s right to representation or hand-carried by the delegate into a business meeting. 
Learn more about the roles, rights and responsibilities of representatives by reviewing our bylaws and standing rules.

Who We Are

The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to excellence in physical therapist education programs as a whole.

The best minds in academic PT are here.  Our organizational membership includes over 95% of all U.S.-accredited physical therapist programs. We serve and represent the staff of these 242 PT educational institutions, including:

  • faculty,
  • clinical partners, and
  • academic administrators and leaders. 

What We Do

ACAPT develops the entrepreneurial leadership skills of PT academic staff so they can develop tomorrow's physical therapy leaders in health care.

We create methods to benchmark excellence in PT education.

We're expanding and promoting educational research.

We advance innovative clinical education models.

We promote professional and community service.

We collaborate with organizations representing health professional education.

We invite you to engage with ACAPT to define and deliver excellence and innovation in academic physical therapy:

  • ACAPT's eight consortia are forums to focus on specific areas of shared interest.
  • When necessary for ongoing tasks, we've developed standing committees.
  • When large, short-term undertakings are required, we form task forces.

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