Accreditation Standards

NEW! - 2012 Accreditation Standards (2018 revision)



Several additions have been made to the current Accreditation Standards document to provide clarification and guidance for programs, peer reviewers and members of the Joint Accreditation Committee.  This revision includes a list of Required Evidence for certain criteria, as well as guiding Key Indicators of Compliance to assist with interpretation of each criterion.

Please note that the Standards and Criteria themselves have not changed at this time.

We've created a brief guide to the changes, including timelines for compliance, which you can review by clicking below.  You cal also view the full 2012 Accreditation Standards (2018 revision) document by clicking on the link to the right.


2012 Accreditation Standards (2018 revision) - A Resource for Programs



2012 Accreditation Standards (2016 revision)

The current OTA & PTA EAP Accreditation Standards were published in November 2012. Revisions were published in July 2016 to incorporate changes to Criterion 3.4

Timelines to Demonstrate Compliance with Criterion 3.4 CORE

In July 2016 Criterion 3.4 and it's subcriteria (3.4.1, 3.4.2 and 3.4.3) became CORE criteria. Below please find information regarding the timelines for demonstration of compliance with 3.4 for programs with Accreditation Status and programs with Candidacy Status.

    Programs with Accreditation Status:

    Programs with accreditation status as of April 30, 2019 are required to submit evidence of compliance with the revised Criterion 3.4 in a Progress Report on or before August 1, 2019. Alternatively, programs may choose to submit evidence of compliance as part of another scheduled Progress Report or Self Study report at any time prior to the August 1, 2019 deadline. The JAC and PEAC/CAOT Boards will then review the evidence of compliance for all accredited programs by January 1, 2020.

    Programs with Candidacy Status:

    Programs with candidacy status should begin to track fieldwork hours as evidence of compliance with the new Criterion 3.4 now. Their evidence of compliance will be submitted as part of their first Self Study Report.

    All parts of Criterion 3.4 are CORE. Therefore, if a deficiency exists with respect to this criterion after the JAC review, the program’s accreditation status would change to probationary. In order to submit evidence of compliance in agreement with the above timelines, all programs should begin now to track fieldwork hours in a way that follows GUIDE-11 (if not already doing so).

    Please contact Amanda Walton if you have questions about how and when your program needs to demonstrate compliance, and what to do in preparation for the transition.

Past Standards Revisions:

The original 2012 OTA & PTA EAP Accreditation Standards were published in November 2012. Programs with onsite accreditation visits after September 30, 2013 and before January 1, 2018 will be evaluated for compliance with these 2012 Accreditation Standards, until their next full accreditation review (six-year accreditation cycle).

Programs with accreditation visits between January 2012 and September 30, 2013 will be evaluated for compliance with the Pilot Accreditation Standards, published in December 2010, until their next full accreditation review (six-year accreditation cycle).

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