• The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE):

    Determine the requirements with which a residency or fellowship education program must comply in order to be accredited and amend these requirements as appropriate.

    Provide an efficient and credible system for the evaluation, accreditation, and reaccreditation of physical therapy residency and fellowship education programs.

    Develop and maintain the policy and procedures for the implementation and evaluation of the accreditation process including, but not limited to, the development and/or maintenance of processes for:

    • Accrediting residency and fellowship programs
    • Selecting application reviewers
    • Documenting findings of written review and site visit
    • Auditing accredited residency and fellowship programs
    • Reaccrediting residency and fellowship programs

    Provide formal recognition of APTA accredited residency and fellowship programs.

    Oversee the activities of the Accreditation Services Council and the Accreditation Services Committee and evaluate effectiveness of processes and initiatives.

    Address the demand for accredited residency and fellowship programs by promoting wide regional representation and access to all specialty practices.

    Foster retention of accredited residency and fellowship programs.

    Identify new and existing funding sources for residency and fellowship programs.

    Act upon all grievance issues related to the accreditation of residency and fellowship programs (appeal process).

    Appoint members of the Accreditation Services Council and Work Groups.

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    • Values, Vision, Goals & Objectives
    • Operational Plan (.pdf)

      This document will help prepare ABPTRFE to meet the challenges and opportunities that exist for residency and fellowship education of physical therapists while at the same time informing their decisions to better meet the needs of APTA, its members, and consumers. The plan will be reviewed annually for its accomplishment and updated as needed.

  • Last Updated: 1/9/2018
    Contact: resfel@apta.org