Greg Ford – chair of Daemen’s Physical Therapy Department – has been elected to serve as a commissioner on the national Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), for a four-year term.
As a commissioner, Ford ’95, ’00, ’04 will serve at the highest level of physical therapy education and will help set national accreditation standards.
“The commission ensures PT students receive the best quality education, leading to safe and efficient care for the future patients who future graduates will treat,” said Ford. “We want to make sure education is current, contemporary and effective across the country.”
As CAPTE is the only accreditation agency for physical therapy education – recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation – Ford’s appointment will place him (and Daemen’s program) at the center of a highly specialized and growing profession.
“For PT programs, it’s essential to be accredited,” said Ford. “For example, a student cannot sit for licensure unless they graduate from an accredited program.”
“It’s an honor to represent Daemen and serve on such an influential commission doing meaningful work,” added Ford.
CAPTE is composed of a range of professionals, including physical therapy educators, curriculum specialists, physical therapy clinicians, public representatives, and others.
Prior to his new appointment, Ford has served as an onsite reviewer for CAPTE since 2017. In this position, Ford has worked as a team leader while visiting institutions for initial accreditation and re-accreditation to verify and clarify each program’s self-study report.