Mount Union Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program Receives CAPTE Candidate for Accreditation Status

August 05, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy (PT) program has received candidate for accreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE) effective August 5, 2016.

To date, the PT program has 25 students currently committed in its inaugural class, which will begin coursework in the fall of 2016.

“Receipt of Candidate for Accreditation status from CAPTE is the first step toward obtaining full accreditation and is the culmination of an immense amount of work and effort for the faculty and staff in the Department of Physical Therapy,” said Dr. Robert Frampton, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at Mount Union. “I couldn’t be more proud to work with such a dedicated group of individuals.”

Mount Union has also secured approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

The program is eligible to receive full accreditation after the first class completes its didactic studies just prior to receiving their doctoral degree in May of 2019. Per CAPTE, “Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses.”

“The body of work completed for CAPTE is the foundation upon which we are now able to enroll students and be confident in knowing we will prepare them to be great Physical Therapists,” said Frampton. “Our department is so excited to be able to welcome the inaugural class!”

“We are very excited to have these students continue their education at Mount Union,” said Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the University. “We look forward to the continued growth of the program and its production of quality physical therapists nationwide."

CAPTE is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the US 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.

Accreditation is a process used in the US to assure the quality of the education that students receive. It is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process that occurs on a regular basis.

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