• ABPTRFE
  • Welcome to ABPTRFE

    The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) is the accrediting body for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for postprofessional residency and fellowship programs in physical therapy.

    Accreditation is the process used by APTA to ensure the quality of the education that participants receive in residency and fellowship programs in physical therapy. It is a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-reviewed process that occurs on a regular basis.

    New Quality Standards

    ABPTRFE has adopted new quality standards for clinical residency and fellowship programs. These new standards reflect the collaborative efforts of ABPTRFE’s accredited programs, Board members, and industry professionals. Learn more.

    Quick Facts

    Residency Programs

    • Number of Accredited Programs: 242
    • Number of Graduates (1999-2015): 2643

    Fellowship Programs

    • Number of Accredited Programs: 48
    • Number of Graduates (1999-2015): 1304

    Clinical Residency & Fellowship Programs Growth Chart

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