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APTA Collaborative for Physical Therapy Education

Nov 21, 2022

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has established the Collaborative for Physical Therapy Education to foster collaboration
among organizational stakeholders toward achieving the aims of A Vision for Excellence in Physical Therapy EducationThe collaborative will foster awareness, communication, and coordination to achieve the aims of the vision that include six major pillars and 22 guiding principles.

The rationale for creating the collaborative includes:

  1. The long-standing identified need to advance physical therapy education.
  2. Recognition that no one organization has the resources to achieve all aims.
  3. Belief that awareness, communication, coordination, and collaboration will increase the likelihood of achieving the vision.
  4. Use of inclusive collaborative approach to facilitate change.
  5. Past success within this community with both “achieving a vision” and being “Better Together.”

The collaborative launched on Feb. 21, 2023, with 22 participating organizations:

  • American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT)
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy
  • APTA Acute Care
  • APTA Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
  • APTA Academy of Education
  • APTA Academy of Leadership and Innovation
  • APTA Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • APTA Pediatrics
  • APTA Pelvic Health
  • APTA Geriatrics
  • APTA Oncology
  • APTA Private Practice
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • American Academy of Physical Therapy
  • Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Learning Institute
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education
  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Foundation for Physical Therapy Research

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