Will the occupational therapy Academic Leadership Council stand up to the accreditation function of its own organization?
The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) recently published a paper entitled "Future of physical therapist education programs in higher education." This paper should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in the proliferation of some allied health programs, credential escalation, and the intersection of these issues with practice. For starters, it is important to disambiguate ACAPT from CAPTE (Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education) . CAPTE grants accreditation to entry level programs for the physical therapy profession, and although 'independent' is also a part of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) . ACAPT is a membership association of physical therapy educational programs and their educators. ACAPT is also an offshoot of the APTA. This complex relationship makes the ACAPT position statement rather interesting. The ACAPT paper identifies a few key points: 1. There are more PT programs being developed and