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Welcome to ABPTRFE

The American Physical Therapy Association recognizes the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as the agency for the accreditation of physical therapist residency and fellowship education programs.

The ABPTRFE accreditation process is based on the fundamental principle of peer review that enables physical therapists and non-physical therapists from within higher education to make recommendations essential in assuring quality residency/fellowship programs for all participants. The process is guided by transparent standards that are established collaboratively by member programs and professional peers. 

ABPTRFE is a proud member of the Association of Specialized & Professional Accreditors.

More About ABPTRFE

COVID-19 Resources

  • Access guidance for programs during this global pandemic.
    March 26, 2020: ABPTRFE analyzed survey results from programs, and published guidance of other specialized and professional accreditors related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including CAPTE.
  • Access ABPTRFE's virtual site visit policy.  
    April 16, 2020: For residency and fellowship education programs whose on-site visits have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ABPTRFE voted to provide these programs the option of undergoing a virtual site visit.

By the Numbers

Number of Programs
(1999-2020) updated 10/1/21


Accredited Residency Programs


Residency Program Graduates


Accredited Fellowship Programs


Fellowship Program Graduates