Physical Therapy Accreditation and Licensure Requirements

The Doctor of Physical Therapy at Western Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; 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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