CAPTE claims to be the only agency duly accredited by the Department of Education of the United States of America. (CAPTE. APTA). APTA, on the other hand, is a national professional organization of physical therapists. (About APTA. APTA American Physical Therapy Association.). Curiously enough, this critique is using the suggested modes of the discipline of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in analyzing the accreditation reports of the CAPTE. The IOM is a non-profit non-governmental group that aims to provide advice and information to the public in an unbiased though authoritative fashion. . Every state has its own regulations overseeing the physical therapy profession.
Accreditation means approval. If a training institution, a school, or a program executor desires to be accredited by an office or agency or by any third party, it is to be understood that the accrediting office, agency or third party has standards or processes to observe and follow in deciding on the application for accreditation.