About ACHE PT
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.
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.
June 1, 2020
Submission of Application for Candidacy (AFC) to Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
July 1, 2020
Admissions cycle opens for 2021-2022 academic year
July 16-31, 2020
Window for CAPTE Candidacy on-site Visit
October 30- November 3 2020
CAPTE fall meeting where AFC will be reviewed
Candidate for accreditation decision received
June 1, 2021
Charter class begins DPT program
December 1, 2023
CAPTE Self-Study Application due
January 16-31, 2024
Window for CAPTE Self-Study on-site Visit
April 26-30, 2024
CAPTE spring meeting where AFC will be reviewed
Accreditation decision received
Late May 2024
Graduation from DPT program
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.
Path to Physical Therapy
Earn an undergraduate degree
Apply to a physical therapy program
Earn a graduate degree in physical therapy
Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)
Obtain a license to practice physical therapy in a state
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.