• 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.

    Call for Comments

    The ABPTRFE Board of Directors is pleased to present you with the opportunity to comment on the proposed ABPTRFE Quality Standards. Comment submission deadline: March 30, 2017. Learn more.

    Mentoring Resources

    Several newly developed resources have been created to provide tools and guidelines to assist residency and fellowship programs in establishing or advancing their clinical mentoring, and faculty/participant evaluation procedures.

    Quick Facts

    Residency Programs

    • Number of Accredited Programs: 223
    • Number of Graduates (1999-2015): 2643

    Fellowship Programs

    • Number of Accredited Programs: 42
    • Number of Graduates (1999-2015): 1304

    Clinical Residency & Fellowship Programs Growth Chart

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