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About ACHE PT

Our Vision

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education School of Physical Therapy will be recognized as a pioneer in innovative physical therapy education and practice by advancing the health of society through optimization of functional movement and activities.

Our Mission

To educate highly skilled and compassionate physical therapists who will exemplify through leadership, scholarship and clinical advancement, a dedication to the profession, society and the underserved.

Timeline

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June 1, 2020

 Submission of Application for Candidacy (AFC) to Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

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July 1, 2020

Admissions cycle opens for 2021-2022 academic year

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July 16-31, 2020

Window for CAPTE Candidacy on-site Visit

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October 30- November 3 2020

CAPTE fall meeting where AFC will be reviewed

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Mid-November 2020

 Candidate for accreditation decision received

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June 1, 2021

Charter class begins DPT program

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December 1, 2023

CAPTE Self-Study Application due

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January 16-31, 2024

Window for CAPTE Self-Study on-site Visit

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April 26-30, 2024

CAPTE spring meeting where AFC will be reviewed

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Mid-May, 2024

Accreditation decision received

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Late May 2024

Graduation from DPT program

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July 2024

Graduates eligible to sit for National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)

What is a physical therapist?

Physical therapists (PTs) are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

Why PT?

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for physical therapists is projected to grow 22% from 2018 to 2028.

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm

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Physical therapist jobs rank #10 in Best Healthcare Jobs for 2020 and #15 in 100 Best Jobs by U.S. News and World Report.

https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/physical-therapist

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According to Clark.com, physical therapist is listed as the most in-demand, high-paying job in Arkansas for 2019.

https://clark.com/story/best-paying-in-demand-jobs/

 

Path to Physical Therapy

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Earn an undergraduate degree

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Apply to a physical therapy program

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Earn a graduate degree in physical therapy

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Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)

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Obtain a license to practice physical therapy in a state

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, School of Physical Therapy, is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. On June 1, 2020, 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 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 Arkansas Colleges of Health Education is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) institution. Arkansas Colleges of Health Education admits students of any race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veterans’ status.