College Closing Information:

South College classes begin at 10:00 a.m. today, March 5, 2015.  Staff are asked to report as usual if possible.  Please communicate with supervisor. 

Physical Therapy

Program Accreditation Status

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

South College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program submitted an Application for Candidacy on June 1, 2014, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. CAPTE acted to deny candidacy for the program on November 12, 2014, and at the request of South College, will reconsider this decision during an onsite review in March 2015.  If the decision to deny is reversed, the program will be granted candidacy status and will be able to matriculate students and start classes in June 2015 as planned.  If on reconsideration the original decision is upheld, then the decision to deny candidacy will be final unless the program appeals that decision to an Appeal Panel appointed by the APTA Board of Directors and the Appeals Panel finds that the decision to deny should not stand.  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.

Questions regarding program accreditation status may be directed to the Dean, School of Physical Therapy at

Updated: December 23, 2014