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Program Approvals


Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE)

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) met Friday, April 20, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky and officially voted to approve a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Western Kentucky University. 


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission of Colleges (SACS-COC) 

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission of Colleges (SACS-COC) officially notified Western Kentucky University (WKU) by letter dated June 15, 2012 of their approval of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program as the third doctoral program offered by the University.  The letter further recognized the WKU - DPT Program as a full-time, 118-credit hour degree program of academic and clinical work to be completed over a three year period. 


Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 

Western Kentucky University's application cycle to the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is December 1, 2012 which places the Program in a decision cycle for late April 2013 for a Program start date of Summer 2013. 


Western Kentucky University welcomes the CAPTE vetting process as an essential element in our DPT Program accreditation. 


More about the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE):

  • is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs;
  • has been recognized as an independent agency since 1977 and has been the only recognized agency to accredit physical therapy programs since 1983;
  • currently accredits over 200 physical therapist education programs and over 250 physical therapist assistant education programs in the US and three physical therapist education programs in other countries (Canada and Scotland);
  • has 29 members from a variety of constituencies: PT and PTA clinicians, PT and PTA educators, basic scientists, higher education administrators and the public;
  • maintains a cadre of more than 250 volunteers who are trained to conduct on-site reviews of physical therapy programs;
  • conducts on-site visits to approximately 70 programs annually;
  • reviews information from approximately one-third of all accredited program at each meeting;
  • is an active member of the Association of Specialized and Programmatic Accreditors (ASPA) and subscribes to the ASPA Code of Good Practice.   





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