Physical Therapy Accreditation and Licensure Requirements

Western Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges with the next reaffirmation required in 2017.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy at Western Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  The next on-site review is scheduled for March, 2014.


CAPTE Contact Information:  1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245;; website:

Licensure to become a physical therapist requires graduation from an accredited physical therapy program, and satisfactory scores on the state licensure exam. You will find specific licensure requirements from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

Filing a Complaint with CAPTE

DPT students or other individuals may file a formal complaint against a physical therapy program with CAPTE if they feel a program is not in compliance with CAPTE Evaluative Criteria or if CAPTE expectations related to academic integrity have been violated. For more information on this process please click here:


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