Still, there is no hard evidence to prove that the practice of physical therapy has any scientific basis although it is admitted that the discipline sometimes collaborates with rehabilitation science. Before one can engage in the professional practice of physical therapy, he or she has to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) as required by federal law (Salisian, 2010). NPTE is developed and administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. A degree in physical therapy or equivalent education is a requisite before taking the NPTE. On top of those, there is the accreditation process for schools, training institutions or program executors where prospective physical therapists train or study. The said accreditation process is supervised by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (or CAPTE) which, in turn, is appointed by the American Physical Therapy Association or APTA.
CAPTE claims to be the only agency duly accredited by the Department of Education of the United States of America. (CAPTE. APTA). APTA, on the other hand, is a national professional organization of physical therapists. (About APTA. APTA American Physical Therapy Association.). Curiously enough, this critique is using the suggested modes of the discipline of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in analyzing the accreditation reports of the CAPTE. The IOM is a non-profit non-governmental group that aims to provide advice and information to the public in an unbiased though authoritative fashion. . Every state has its own regulations overseeing the physical therapy profession.Accreditation means approval. If a training institution, a school, or a program executor desires to be accredited by an office or agency or by any third party, it is to be understood that the accrediting office, agency or third party has standards or processes to observe and follow in deciding on the application for accreditation.