Stephanie & F. Scott talk with Dr. Sandra Wise (who is the Senior Director of CAPTE) and Dr. Doreen Stiskal  (who is the Vice Chair of CAPTE) to talk about how CAPTE contributes to physical therapy education. They discuss how CAPTE operates & collaborates with other organizations, strengths & limitations of current standards, reasoning behind CAPTE standards and requirements, how site visits are conducted and much more.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Website: 

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Website: 

United States Department of Education Website: 

Journal of Physical Therapy Education: 

Marcoux et all’s Letter to the Editor (JOPTE) on “Importance of Academic Degreed Core Faculty in Physical Therapist Education”: 

American Physical Therapy Association Website: 

Academy of Physical Therapy Education Website: 

The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy Website: 

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Website: 

The PT Hustle Website: 

Schedule an Appointment with Kyle Rice:   

HET LITE Tool:      Anywhere Healthcare: (code: HET)


Sandra Wise, PhD (Senior Director) Phone: 703/706-3240 | Email:   Sandra brings several decades of experience in various capacities in higher education to the Department of Accreditation. In addition to her service on CAPTE as a Commissioner (2007-2011) and participating as a member of on-site teams since 2000, Sandra has served as a University President, Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean, and faculty member at several different institutions. Her breadth and depth of experience as both a health care and higher education professional will be extremely helpful in managing the Commission and Department staff, and navigating the higher education regulatory landscape while providing leadership for a USDE and CHEA recognized accrediting agency.

Doreen Stiskal, PT, PhD, Vice Chair of CAPTE Email: Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is currently chair of the physical therapy program at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 1995. Dr. Stiskal serves on the Central Panel as a recent member of the PTA Panel and is vice chair of the Commission.