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Physical Therapy Associations
North Carolina Physical Therapy Association
Founded in 1951 as a Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association (NCPTA) is comprised of more than 2000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy statewide.
North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
The North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners was created in 1951 by the General Assembly to establish and maintain minimum standards for the practice of physical therapy to protect the safety and welfare of the citizens of North Carolina.
American Physical Therapy Association
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 80,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role in the nation's health care system.
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy develops and administers the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) for both physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in 53 jurisdictions – the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These high-stakes exams assess the basic entry-level competence for first time licensure or registration as a PT or PTA within the 53 jurisdictions.
American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
The AAOMPT has been instrumental in raising the awareness of physical therapists to the contributions of manual therapy to the physical therapy profession and of the contributions of fellowship training in achieving advanced clinical competence. The AAOMPT has been active and visible within the APTA and the Orthopedic Section. The AAOMPT leadership has also gained the respect of the IFOMPT for its role in forming the Academy- in a country where there are more physical therapists using manual therapy than any other place in the world. Continued visibility of the AAOMPT requires the work of many individuals.
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.