June 12, 2013
BISMARCK, ND - The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy, (CAPTE), has once again granted accreditation to the University of Mary physical therapy program in Bismarck.
The accreditation indicates that the physical therapy program has complied with all the standards required in the Evaluative Criteria.
The University of Mary physical therapy program was last accredited in 2002. During this current review assessment, because of its stellar review, a progress report was not requested by CAPTE for the 10-year reaccreditation.
"The University of Mary was one of only a handful of schools in this last accreditation cycle to receive a 10-year approval without a required compliance report," remarked Dr. Mary Dockter, chairperson for the Department of Physical Therapy. "This provides external validation that the program is meeting or exceeding all expectations and that our graduates are well-prepared to enter the profession of physical therapy. Along with outstanding academic and clinical skills, the site visitors specifically commented on the high ethical standards and leadership qualities our graduates possess."
The University of Mary physical therapy program began in 1996 and is the school's only doctoral program. And, despite its short history, has become recognized regionally and nationally as a premier program for physical therapist education.
The next self-study report and on-site review is scheduled for 2022.