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Statement on Accreditation

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation 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. On May 31, 2019, the program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. 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 student 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.

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.
  • Fall 2022: CAPTE’s initial accreditation decision will occur prior to the graduation date; in some cases, it may occur within thirty (30) days after the graduation date.
  • December 2022: Graduation of charter class, if granted Candidacy Status
  • January 2023: Date of first licensure examination for which graduates would be eligible to sit.