• ABPTRFE
  • Welcome to ABPTRFE

    The American Physical Therapy Association recognizes the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) as the agency for the accreditation of physical therapy residency and fellowship education programs.

    The ABPTRFE accreditation process is based on the fundamental principle of peer review that enables physical therapists and non-physical therapists from within higher education to make recommendations essential in assuring quality residency/fellowship programs for all participants. The process is guided by transparent standards that are established collaboratively by member programs and professional peers. Learn more.

    Quick Facts

    Residency Programs

    • Number of Accredited Programs: 263
    • Number of Graduates (1999-2017): 3903

    Fellowship Programs

    • Number of Accredited Programs: 53
    • Number of Graduates (1999-2017): 1768

    Clinical Residency & Fellowship Programs Growth Chart

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