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ACAPT's Response to the COVID-19 "New Normal" 

Apr 29, 2020

Last updated: June 23, 2020

You're not alone. We're all working overtime to address all the current and future challenges facing physical therapy schools across the nation and globe.  Now is the time for the PT education profession to re-evaluate its practices, share and learn from your ACAPT leaders and colleagues, and innovate.

With challenges come opportunities. We at ACAPT know you need us now more than ever.  We're committed to continuing ACAPT member rep town hall discussions, resource sharing and best practice guidelines.

ACAPT's board of directors initiated and is leading several work groups to address pressing concerns as a result of the COVID-19 impact.  Work groups have been developing guidelines to help PT programs, including the following:

  1. ACAPT's new guidelines for returning to the PT classroom and lab during COVID-19.  (Revised version June 2020)

  2. Needs of the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) class of 2020 (preliminary report) -- based on input from ACAPT's National Physical Therapy Student Honor Society inductees and reps from APTA's Student AssemblyStudents can review some financial and career resources here.

  3. Guidance on participation in clinical education experiences.

  4. The nuts & bolts of implementing a lab immersion - free webinar recording

The reports above are initial versions and ACAPT's board expects to update actions and strategies as needed based on new information and feedback.  These guidelines are advisory in nature and intended to be broad and comprehensive so that each institution may adapt them to meet their respective needs.  These are not to be considered standards or regulations.

ACAPT is also continuing to:

  • Update COVID-19 response resources - and welcome your comments with edits and additions.
  • Communicate with CAPTE based on recommendations from ACAPT's board and members.

Ways you can join the discussion:


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