Welcome To ACAPT


Our Mission

To serve and lead academic physical therapy by promoting excellence in education, scholarship and research, practice and service to improve the health and wellness of society. read more

Our members

APTA members who represent institutions of higher education located in the United States of America with a physical therapist education program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) may be designated as ACAPT members by such an institution. read more

Our History

In November 2009, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Board of Directors created a work group to explore the conceptual details and a potential structure to represent physical therapist education programs. read more


The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) is a component of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), originally created as a subgroup by the APTA board of directors in August 2010, then approved as APTA’s first council, then renamed ACAPT, during the 2013 House of Delegates. The purpose of ACAPT is to advance the enterprise of academic physical therapy by promoting the highest standards of excellence. For the purposes of the council and its activities, academic physical therapy includes all aspects of physical therapist education, including clinical education, and post-professional education.

The Council intends to take a leadership role in establishing the direction of physical therapist education and have the responsibility and accountability to duly reflect the interests and needs of the academic and clinical physical therapist educational community. To fulfill this responsibility, the Council aims to interact with groups inside and outside of APTA on behalf of the physical therapist academic community.