Accreditation For Physical Therapy Education Curriculum

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The Commission for Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education Curriculum as Viewed Through the Lens of Social Meliorism
Nancy Smith
ECI 700 Curriculum Theory
North Carolina State University

The Commission for Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education Curriculum as Viewed Through the Lens of Social Meliorism Curricula can be viewed from different perspectives in order to critically evaluate how they might best influence students, institutions, and faculty. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Evaluative Criteria for Physical Therapist (PT) Programs and its relationship to a social meliorist framework. First, a description of the curricula established by the accrediting body will be provided. Secondly, a description of social meliorism and its tenets will be provided. Finally, the curriculum will be analyzed through the lens of social meliorism and suggestions will be made to increase the influence of social meliorist philosophies into the accreditation criteria provided by CAPTE.
Overview of CAPTE and Accreditation Standards
Physical therapy programs are subject to regional and specialized accreditation standards. Specialized accreditation standards are established by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). CAPTE is an accrediting agency that is “nationally recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher…
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