• 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.

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    ABPTRFE is a proud member of the Association of Specialized & Professional Accreditors

    Quick Facts

    Residency Programs

    • Number of Accredited Programs: 289
    • Number of Graduates (1999-2017): 3903

    Fellowship Programs

    • Number of Accredited Programs: 55
    • Number of Graduates (1999-2017): 1768
    ABPTRFE Clarification on Standard Committee: Purpose and Function (.pdf)  ABPTRFE is providing clarification on its Standards Committee purpose and process, the work of the committee in 2019, and stakeholder recommendations recently received that will be reviewed by the committee during its March 2020 meeting.