Physical Therapy accreditation
The Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAPTE is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
CAPTE accreditation is important because:
- It helps students and their parents select programs that will provide the education necessary to enter the profession.
- It fosters quality educational experiences and helps to assure that the program is taught by qualified faculty, has the resources it needs to support the curriculum, meets its mission, has acceptable student outcomes, and provides accurate information to the public.
- It provides students and others a place to complain if an accredited program fails to meet its obligation to maintain compliance with CAPTE's Evaluative Criteria.
- Graduation from a CAPTE-accredited program is required for eligibility to sit for the licensing exam. It is also required in order to provide physical therapy services to patients/clients on Medicare.
Graduates of our DPT program are eligible to sit for National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), given by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and the Jurisprudence Exam, given by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. A license to practice physical therapy in Texas is contingent on successful completion of these examinations.