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Report on excellence in physical therapy education soon to be released

Nov 23, 2021

A report outlining a shared vision for excellence in physical therapy education has been approved by the boards of ACAPT, APTA and the Academy of Education. The report will be available in an Open Access supplement of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education (JoPTE) in mid-December.

Recognizing a need to continue physical therapy education’s evolution, a team of education stakeholders formed the Education Leadership Partnership (ELP) in 2016 and over the past several years committed to developing a comprehensive strategy.

The result is a new report, A Vision for Excellence in Physical Therapy Education, that represents a shared vision of multiple stakeholder individuals, groups & ELP.

The aims include ensuring that physical therapy programs:
  • Continue to meet high standards.
  • Accommodate the needs of students, educators, clinicians and others invested in cultivating the profession’s future workforce.
  • Produce providers from diverse populations and backgrounds who have the requisite knowledge, skill and attitudes to meet the societal need for physical therapist services.
“Our expectation,” the report states, “is that education stakeholders will now move from envisioning the future to effecting meaningful change in physical therapy education in the coming decades that advances the profession and societal health outcomes.”

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