Middle States Commission on Higher Education

DeSales University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Effective August 4, 2014, DeSales University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org).  Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.  Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.  

1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA  22314
phone 703-706-3245


While our goal is to secure accreditation of our program in the spring of 2017, the program director is working with a number of regional institutions to develop a contingency plan to allow our charter class to graduate from an accredited school in the event that our progress toward accreditation is delayed.


CAPTE Compliance

The DeSales Doctor of Physical Therapy program values the process of accreditation.  Recognizing that a quality program is identified through compliance with the standards against which all physical therapy education programs are measured, it is our intention to maintain integrity in all aspects of the accreditation process.  Through a careful and ongoing review of the CAPTE Standards and Elements, the program is committed to timely submission of all required documentation including:

  • Application for Candidacy by December 1, 2013
  • Annual Accreditation Reports each year once program is implemented
  • Preparation of a Self-Study Report of progress toward accreditation in 2016
  • Timely submission of all fees associated with CAPTE accreditation
  • Timely notice of any planned or unexpected substantive program changes
  • Timely reporting of any institutional factors which may affect the program’s progress toward accreditation
  • Timely remediation of any CAPTE recommendations or any concerns that may result in non-compliance
  • Annual public reporting of data related to admission, graduation rate, national examination outcomes, and employment rates

For further information about DPT Program Acceditation please contact CAPTE staff:

Mary Jane Harris, PT, MS
Ellen Price, PT, MEd
Associate Director PT Programs
Eva Donley, PT
Programs Specialist

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