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CAPTE Guidance

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Read a FAQ about the difference between CAPTE and ACAPT here.


  • While privacy and other concerns currently prevent CAPTE from sharing Annual Accreditation Report (AAR) data, ACAPT is continuing to meet with CAPTE on a regular basis to discuss opportunities that lead us closer to our shared goal of excellence in academic physical therapy. 

  • As ACAPT designs the next Institutional Profile Survey for January 2023, we're focusing on framing the questions to collect the most meaningful data related to Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program excellence.  

Important dates & updates from CAPTE

  • CAPTE meets twice a year (spring and fall) to review physical therapist education programs. Review CAPTE's most recent actions, including past actions and reasons for these decisions. 
  • December: Annual Accreditation Reports (AARs) are due.
  • CAPTE PT Town Hall- June 2022 recording
  • COVID waivers continue subsequent to the HHS Secretary extending the National Public Health Emergency declaration on July 14, 2022.  See the COVID Resource page.

  • CAPTE resumed on-site visits as of July 1, 2022. All program initial accreditation and reaffirmation visits on or after July 1, 2022 will involve two team members on-site and one team member participating virtually. Programs with visits after July 1, 2022 should plan for a hybrid visit team.
    • Teams with a team leader in training will include three people on-site and one team member participating virtually.
    • The 12 programs participating in the CAPTE pilot will follow the outlined pilot plan with two paper reviewers and two on-site reviewers.

CAPTE guidelines

  • Effective January 2022:  CAPTE made some rule changes including a new requirement for posting the Student Financial Fact Sheet (page 78 - 8.20c) and modified definitions and expectations for distance education to align with the U.S. Department of Education (page 89-90 - 9.7a) 

  • March 2021: Based on member feedback, ACAPT submitted 5 recommendations for CAPTE consideration.  

  • In November 2020, CAPTE added a position paper on Physical Therapy Faculty & Scholarship - outlining criteria, rationale for expectations & types of scholarship. See page 7 of the CAPTE Accreditation Standards PDF.  

  • July 2020: CAPTE rule change about pre-accreditation

  • CAPTE is getting questions from PT program directors about code 668.43 (a)(5)(v) of the federal regulations governing accredited institutions.  Read more about CAPTE's 34 CFR 668.43 that states: "Students graduating from CAPTE-accredited PT education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands."

  • ACAPT adopted a motion for CAPTE Standards of Excellence in 2014

CAPTE resources

  • Directories of accredited and developing physical therapy and physical therapy education programs.

  • Aggregate program data & salary data for PT and PTA programs. This information is collected on an annual basis in CAPTE's Annual Accreditation Report (AAR).

  • CAPTE meets twice a year (spring and fall) to review physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs. Review CAPTE's most recent actions, including past actions, and reasons for these decisions (Public Disclosure Notices).


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