Proposed APTA/ABPTRFE Quality Standards Changes for Fellowship Programs-The Continuing Saga
- April 1, 2018
- Posted by: Pieter Kroon
- Category: Uncategorized
Just as we were gearing up to implement the necessary changes to be in compliance with the new Quality Standards, ABPTRFE in its infinitive wisdom, has decided to extend the deadline of implementation of the new Quality Standards to January 1, 2020.
This, of course, is a very good development. The significantly increased efforts of the AAOMPT Board of Directors and Program Director’s SIG has started to pay off.
While we have made all the necessary structural changes to MTI’s program already, we are perfectly happy to hold off on implementing those changes until the new deadline, January 1, 2020.
For now, we will still start the new Texas State University- and Rosalind Franklin University cohorts in January 2019 as originally planned.In addition, extension of the deadline allows us to start new cohorts a bit earlier than January. We have decided to add a new cohort in Houston, which will start on September 29. All three cohorts are open for admission as we speak.
These upcoming cohorts do not have to comply with the new Quality Standards. This means no change in course curriculum or course sequence, and no OCS/residency prior to doing Fellowship.Yay!
I know this has all been a very confusing and frustrating topic, but what this means for you is that there is no worry about getting an OCS before you can start with your hours. If anybody interested in the program asks you about the change in admission requirements, just tell them that all proposed changes are on hold until 1/1/20, and negotiations are still ongoing. My best guess is that they will still happen, but this has bought us a fair bit of time, which is good.
I will keep you posted as things develop.