The Department of Physical Therapy and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program were established and approved in 2015, after the completion of a comprehensive feasibility study and planning document. The curriculum has received initial approval, and on-going budget funding has been identified.
The program expects to accept its first cohort in summer 2019. Faculty positions are currently posted. Faculty recruiting and hiring will likely continue for several years as the program admits its first several cohorts.
CAPTE pre-accreditation status
Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
Western Michigan University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2018. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
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