Open for Business: Accreditation Body Clears Path for First Physical Therapy Class

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education has granted candidacy for accreditation to the new Brenau University doctoral degree program that is recruiting candidates for the class that begins in May 2015. Although the program cannot receive full accreditation until after the first candidates complete their studies and receive doctoral degrees in May 2018, the pre-accreditation approval represents a significant step in the evolution of the physical therapy program at Brenau, said Dr. Kathye Light, who is chair of the Brenau physical therapy department.

“This means that we are open for business,” said Light. “It means that we can seat one new cohort per year, pending full accreditation, and we have already received many applications for the first cohort.”

The Alexandria, Virginia-based CAPTE authorized Brenau to begin soliciting applications for candidacy in the late spring on Nov. 12. However, Brenau could not publicize the action until it was officially published on the organization’s Web site. What this action means is that Brenau can now admit qualified candidates into the program and to start teaching them.

Here is the full news release on this significant development: