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

Recognized and valued as the leader and model of best practice in the accreditation of postprofessional physical therapy residency and fellowship programs in the United States. ABPTRFE aspires that residency and fellowship education becomes the preferred pathway for physical therapist professional development and advancement.

  • Board Roster

    The ABPTRFE Board determines the standards with which a residency or fellowship education program must comply to be accredited.

  • Candidacy Review Council

    This council is responsible for completing comprehensive reviews of programs seeking candidacy status.

  • Onsite Team

    This team is responsible for conducting onsite visits.

  • Standards Committee

    This committee is responsible for annually reviewing suggestions received by internal and external stakeholders on the adequacy of implemented policies, procedures, and standards.

  • ABPTRFE Staff

    ABPTRFE staff provide administrative support to the board.