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National Student Honor Society

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The mission of the Society is to recognize and honor exceptional physical therapy student achievements in academics, leadership, and service or research.


The National Physical Therapy Student Honor Society is an organization established by the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) to recognize current Doctor of Physical Therapy students who demonstrate excellence, integrity, and professionalism in areas of academic achievement, leadership, and service or research. As a member of the Society, individuals are expected to uphold and implement the core values of the physical therapy profession. Founded in 2018, Doctor of Physical Therapy students will be inducted into the Society who demonstrate excellence in all membership criteria, and who were individually selected by representatives from their respective ACAPT member institution. The Society represents individuals who exemplify outstanding traits in leadership, and service or research to society characterized by consistent demonstration of strong moral character and ethics.


The purpose of the Society is to distinguish individuals who have demonstrated exceptional academic accomplishments and advocated for the profession of physical therapy. 


View the list of National Physical Therapy Student Honor Society Inductees


Applicants: View information here on how to apply and what to expect.

Selection Criteria: View the selection criteria and process here.

Who Can Write Letters of Recommendation: View the criteria for those eligible to write letters of recommendation for applicants here.

Process for Programs to Select/Submit Inductees: View the steps to select and submit those applicants chosen for induction into the Society here.

Timeline: View the timeline for the selection of inductees here.

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The official insignia for the National Student Honors Society shall be known by the Greek letters: Delta Phi Tau (DPT).

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