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Accreditation

Statement on Accreditation

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Oklahoma City University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on June 1, 2019. 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.

—Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org.

Program Timeline

Oklahoma City University's timeline for Candidate for Accreditation:

  • June 1, 2019: Submit Application for Candidacy with CAPTE
  • July 1, 2019: Student applications open for the first cohort
  • July 16-31, 2019: CAPTE candidacy visit
  • October, 2019: CAPTE meeting for the decision on candidacy
  • November 1, 2019: Student application deadline for first cohort
  • November, 2019: Program notified of CAPTE decision on candidacy
  • January, 2020: Applicant Interviews & Selection of first DPT cohort, if granted Candidate status by CAPTE.
  • Summer, 2020: DPT Program begins classes at Oklahoma City University, if granted Candidate status by CAPTE.