The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Saint Mary is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; firstname.lastname@example.org). The program has submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional/technical phase of the physical therapy program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional or technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Accreditation.*
Accreditation Visit 2014
Our on-site accreditation visit is scheduled to begin on 11/16/2014 (with travel on the previous day), and will extend through 11/19/2014. Our reviewers have been chosen. After the site visit and the team’s analysis of our self-study and onsite materials, our program will be reviewed at the Spring 2015 CAPTE meeting, which typically is held during the last week in April.
File a Complaint
The following information is taken from CAPTE's web site and reproduced here as a courtesy. Please visit CAPTE's website at http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/
CAPTE considers complaints about programs that are accredited, or are seeking accreditation by CAPTE, and complaints about CAPTE itself. CAPTE has a mechanism to consider formal complaints about physical therapy education programs that allege a program is not in compliance with one or more of CAPTE's Evaluative Criteria or has violated any of CAPTE's expectations related to academic integrity. CAPTE will consider two types of complaints: those that involve situations subject to institutional due process policies and procedures and those that involve situations not subject to due process procedures:
If the complainant is involved with an institution/program grievance subject to due process and procedure, CAPTE requires that the process be completed prior to initiating CAPTE's formal complaint process, unless the complaint includes an allegation that the institution/program process has not been handled in a timely manner as defined in the institution/program policy, in which case CAPTE will consider the complaint prior to completion of the grievance process. Evidence of completion of the institutional process or of the untimely handling of such must be included in the complaint materials.
If the complaint is related to situations that fall outside of due process policies and procedures, the complaint may be filed at any time.
CAPTE will not consider complaints that fall outside its jurisdiction/authority as expressed in the Evaluative Criteria and the academic integrity statements. When appropriate, complainants will be referred to other organizations to pursue their concern(s). For more information about complaints, and to obtain the materials necessary for submitting a complaint, contact the APTA Accreditation Department at (703) 706-3245 or at email@example.com.
Department of Accreditation
American Physical Therapy Association
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
Department Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm ET.
CAPTE Staff Contact List for PT Programs
Confidentiality of Student Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA is designed to ensure that students, and in some cases parents of students, may obtain access to the student’s educational records and challenge the content or release of such records to third parties.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."
FERPA prohibits the disclosure of a student’s “protected information” to a third party. This disclosure is prohibited regardless of whether it is made by hand delivery, verbally, fax, mail, or electronic transmission. Disclosure also includes the provision of access to an educational institution’s career service data base of student resumes.
Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.
University of Saint Mary complies fully with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). FERPA permits students' access to their education records while protecting the privacy of education. In accordance with FERPA, students have the right to inspect and to review their education records, to seek correction of errors or misleading information in their education records, and to consent to or limit disclosure of information from their education records.
Directory information concerning students may be released unless the student specifically requests that such information be withheld. University of Saint Mary recognizes the following student information as directory information: name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, date and place of birth, level of education, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, full or part-time status, height and weight of athletic team members, dates of attendance, grade level, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, electronic mail address, and photograph. All students must inform the Office of the Registrar in writing before the end of fourteen business days following the first day of class of each semester if they wish the university to withhold and not release any or all of the information designated as directory information.
A copy of the University of Saint Mary policy that informs students of their rights under FERPA is published in the current University of Saint Mary catalog. University of Saint Mary does not assume a duty or responsibility to notify the parent(s)/guardian(s), or anyone acting in absence of either, of the student in regards to the above or other matters.
Effective May 2, 2012, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Saint Mary has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.
USM DPT Program Student Outcomes
(As of 6/2014)
1. Graduation Rate: The program earned Candidacy in May of 2012. We will not be able to post a graduation rate until May of 2015, when we anticipate graduating our first class of students.
2. Licensure Examination Pass Rate: The program earned Candidacy in May of 2012. We will not be able to post a licensure examination pass rate until 2015, when we anticipate receiving that information from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
3. Employment Rate: The program earned Candidacy in May of 2012. We will not be able to post an employment rate until late in 2015, approximately 6 months after graduation.