The accreditation for Hardin-Simmons University's entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program has been reaffirmed for 10 additional years by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association. While HSU's institutional accreditation was recently reaffirmed by the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, many individual programs, like DPT, must also be individually accredited.
While the process of accreditation is arduous and detailed, the educational program benefits from the stimulus for self-evaluation and self-directed improvement provided by the accreditation process. Accreditation serves students, the institution (HSU), the public and the profession by ensuring the standards of quality are met.
Accreditation assures the DPT program is taught by qualified faculty, meets its mission, has focused student outcomes, and has acceptable resources to support the curriculum. Graduation from an accredited program is required for licensure to practice physical therapy in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.