Friday, January 6, 2006
Physical therapy program receives reaccreditation
After a comprehensive formal review, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association recently voted to continue accreditation of the physical therapist education program at Oakland University. The program has been accredited since 2001.
CAPTE is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary process that involves careful internal and external reviews and reports, onsite visits, and demonstrated compliance with established evaluative criteria and guidelines. Once awarded accreditation status, a program must submit reports regularly to CAPTE, ensuring continuing compliance with the evaluative criteria, and it must be formally reviewed every five to 10 years.
The reaccreditation recognizes Oakland’s continued commitment to a quality physical therapy program of high integrity. Accreditation status entitles the program to the confidence of the educational community and the public they serve, ensuring that nationally accepted standards of scope, quality and relevance are consistently met.
Oakland’s physical therapy program is offered at the master’s and doctoral levels through the School of Health Sciences. A pre-physical therapy focus also is available for undergraduates majoring in health sciences.