Effective May 2, 2012 College of the Sequoias has been granted Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org).

 

MEMORANDUM

 

DATE:        Dec 20, 2013

 

TO:           Prospective & Enrolled Students in the Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant Program at College of the     

                 Sequoias

 

FROM:       Program Faculty and/or Administration

 

SUBJECT:   Probationary Accreditation Status

 

On Dec 20, 2013 the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) placed the physical therapist/physical therapist assistant education program at College of the Sequoias on Probationary Accreditation Status.  Probationary Accreditation is an accredited status, but it does signal compliance issues in the program that are significant enough to jeopardize the quality of the program and that, if not addressed, may result in accreditation being withdrawn.  CAPTE has reached this decision after a thorough review of materials provided by the program.  The compliance issues have been clearly identified in CAPTE's Summary of Action and a time line for addressing the issues has been established.  Normally, Probationary Accreditation does not extend beyond two years; CAPTE can, however, withdraw accreditation any time a program is on probation if the situation warrants such action. 

 

Because Probationary Accreditation is an accredited status, students currently enrolled in the program who graduate in a timely manner will graduate from an accredited program.  Similarly, prospective students who are admitted to the program are admitted to an accredited program.  However, if in the future CAPTE withdraws accreditation, only students enrolled in the final twelve months of the program at the time of the final decision to withdraw accreditation will be considered by CAPTE to be graduates of an accredited program.

 

In interest of the public trust that the accreditation process serves, all enrolled and prospective students are hereby notified that the accreditation status of the physical therapist/physical therapist assistant education program at College of the Sequoias is in jeopardy if the identified compliance issues are not adequately addressed in the time provided.

 

A copy of the letter and a list of all individuals to whom it has been distributed are being sent to CAPTE at its request.  CAPTE expects that the program will provide students with accurate information about the program's status Probationary Accreditation and reasonable information about the identified deficiencies.  In addition, CAPTE reserves the right to disclose the Probationary Accreditation status to the public.

 

Questions about the compliance issues resulting in probation should be directed to the program faculty.  Questions regarding the accreditation process may be directed to the Department of Accreditation, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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