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Who We Are

Our Vision
Our Mission
Core Values

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 92% of all U.S.-accredited physical therapist programs. We serve and represent the employees of these 242 PT educational institutions, including:

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

Faculty, academic administrators and clinical educators can sign up with ACAPT here.

Sometimes, ACAPT is confused with CAPTE.  Read an explanatory Q&A here.

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 deliver events and learning opportunities for PT educators.

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.
 Check out ACAPT's accomplishments in its 2020 Digital Annual Report.

What We Believe

ACAPT is the principal voice representing academic physical therapists

As critical members of the health care team, physical therapists enjoy high job satisfaction, interest from students, consumer demand and good employment rates. Physical therapy education programs are often among the strongest academic programs. ACAPT celebrates this excellence, and we want to preserve and nurture it.

But physical therapist programs in higher education face several challenges.

Our History is Rich and Purposeful

ACAPT was incorporated in 2014 to provide a new, unified voice for academic physical therapists.  Previously, academic institutions were represented through an academic administrators special interest group within the Education Section (now called the Academy of  Education, formerly APTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).


Read more about our history

Celebrating APTA's Centennial



Stay Informed & Up-To-Date with ACAPT