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Institutional Profile Survey

ACAPT-Center for Excellence in Academic Physical Therapy

January 2022 Institutional Profile Survey

Building upon the Criteria for Excellence, ACAPT has identified priority categories and resources for facilitating DPT program success:

With a commitment to foster program excellence and collect and share related program data, ACAPT’s board of directors has approved a:

All ACAPT member program directors received the Institutional Profile Survey on January 5, 2022.  Thank you to these institutions who've completed the survey so far.

ACAPT members have identified the following top shared challenges that nearly every DPT program faces and the Institutional Profile Survey begins to collect date to quantify and address these critical issues:

  • Transforming clinical education
  • Building diversity
  • Controlling student debt
  • Increasing value of education for PT careers
  • Addressing shortage of qualified faculty

In our survey analysis and reporting, we’ll provide aggregate data so that members can use information for data-driven decision-making.   

Thank you for completing the 2022 Institutional Profile Survey.


A Qualtrics survey was emailed to program directors on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 and we are requesting that you complete the survey by Friday, January 28.  

Program directors should look for an email from noreply@qemailserver.com with subject line: ACAPT Institutional Profile Survey. Check your junk/spam folders as needed and contact us at acapt@acapt.org with any questions.

The survey should take no more than 30 minutes if you have ready access to data.  

Anonymous, aggregate survey reports will be available in late February-March 2022.

How to prepare

We encourage you to gather the information below so it’s ready for you to enter in your survey in January: 

  • Ethnicity, race, and gender data for faculty and students
  • Tuition, fee data and student debt data 
  • Your most recent CAPTE AAR may be helpful, though we purposefully asked questions that differ from the AAR.
  • Work with your DCE to complete the clinical education section.

Why participate?

Whether you work in a large or small institution or program, you can use the survey data to make decisions for your own DPT program.  

  • Innovation: We recognize that each institution has a unique mission, structure and approach. You'll be able to use the survey aggregate data to learn about different DPT program approaches.

    You may find that certain data will help you make a business case to your administration about changes you’d like to make.   

  • Inquiry:  As you complete the survey and review results, you may question certain assumptions, gain new insights and consider more effective ways to approach teaching or serving your community.  

  • Collaboration:  We’re all in this together!  The survey process begins to collect data related to the challenges you and other ACAPT members face, allowing ACAPT and the PT education community to track and tackle solutions to critical issues.

  • Confidentiality:  You’ll receive aggregate reporting and individual responses will be kept completely confidential and secure.  The Center is designed to inform and guide – not to compare and assess.  

Future surveys

We’re at the beginning of this process with this first survey in January 2022 and we plan to expand data collection and analysis going forward.

Through this baseline survey, ACAPT will be able to store standard institutional profile information to reduce burden in future surveys and allow for data filtration.  

Future reporting will enable programs to learn about approaches used in comparable programs.  For instance, you may wish to view data from private vs. public universities to understand how each manages clinical education or compare cohort size, student body makeup, or curriculum models.

Thank you for your commitment to excellence in academic physical therapy  Your input is essential.


A Definition of Excellence

Excellence is an aspiration rather than a destination and is characterized by continual improvement. An excellent academic program demonstrates a culture of excellence by continually and intentionally striving to transform learners, advance knowledge, and improve societal health.

Excellence in transforming learners, advancing knowledge, and improving societal health is achieved when the academic culture supports the ongoing development and integration of three domains: Inquiry, inclusion, and innovation. Excellence is also a multi-faceted construct that respects and supports differences among academic programs while inspiring ongoing self-assessment and growth.

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2021 progress towards collecting data for DPT program excellence through the Excellence Framework for PT Education.

See more guidelines for DPT programs.


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