Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100 Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; Phone: 703-706-3242; email@example.com is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Oregon Institute of Technology is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on June 1st, 2022. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. The Oregon Tech/OHSU DPT program has recently been denied initial candidacy status; however, this action is still subject to reconsideration and appeal and therefore is not yet final.
CAPTE has a mechanism to consider formal complaints about physical therapy education programs that allege a program is not in compliance with one or more of CAPTE’s Evaluative Criteria or has violated any of CAPTE’s expectations related to academic integrity. (http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/) In reviewing and acting on a complaint, CAPTE cannot and does not function as an arbiter between the complaint and the institution. Should CAPTE find that a complaint has merit and that the program is out of compliance with the Evaluative Criteria or the integrity statement(s), CAPTE can only require the program to come into compliance with the Evaluative Criteria. CAPTE cannot force a program into any specific resolution of the situation that resulted in the complaint. Students or other interested parties may file a formal complaint about a PT program with CAPTE at any time. To obtain the materials necessary for submitting a complaint, contact the APTA Accreditation Department at (703) 706-3245 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any person with a complaint or concern about the DPT Program or one of its policies, programs, staff, or students should reach out to the Department Chair or designee. For complaints falling outside the process above, Oregon Tech uses the Oregon Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Hotline for dealing with anonymous complaints including academic affairs, accounting and financial, athletics, human resources, information technology, medical, research, risk and safety, and others.