American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
The APTA represents more than 80,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students throughout the United States. Among the Associations objectives are enhancement of physical therapy education, practice, and research; accreditation of physical therapy education programs; communication with members; improvement of minority participation and representation in the profession; quality assurance; professional development and continuing education; interaction with governmental agencies and legislative bodies; attention to reimbursement issues; and implementation of public awareness programs.
Check out the APTA’s web site at www.APTA.org for the most complete and up-to-date listing of accredited and developing education programs, including complete contact information. The APTA can also be reached at 1-800-999-APTA
Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA)
The Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) is a chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). TPTA membership is approximately 4,500 physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, and students. The state is divided into 13 districts so members have local representation and a number of participation opportunities. For more information about the TPTA, contact them directly at www.TPTA.org or call (512) 477-1818.
Accreditation of Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant Programs
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is recognized as the accrediting agency for education programs in physical therapy by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Accreditation recognizes professional education programs for a level of performance, integrity, and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the education community and the public they serve. Accreditation status signifies that the program meets established and nationally accepted standards of scope, quality, and relevance.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Wharton County Junior College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin islands. Thus, students graduation from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. for more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.wsbpt.org.
Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Wharton County Junior College is accredited
by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac
Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email accreditation
@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Wharton County
Junior College directly please cal 979-532-6491 or email the PTA Program Director
The Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners (ECPTOTE)
The Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners (ECPTOTE) is a state of Texas agency, and by law is charged with protecting the health, safety and welfare of the people of Texas by licensing qualified practitioners of physical therapy and occupational therapy, and registering facilities in which those services are provided. For more information about the ECPTOTE, contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 305-6900.