Accreditation Information

The Stefani Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Saint Mary is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

File a Written Complaint with the Program Chair

The Chair of Physical Therapy accepts written complaints about the program and will respond to them appropriately within two weeks of receipt, unless the complaint requires significant investigation.  To submit a written complaint you may email it to or you may mail it to: 

Candace Bahner, DPT, MS
Interim Program Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
University of Saint Mary
Berchmans Hall
4100 South 4th Street
Leavenworth, KS  66048

File a Complaint

The following information is taken from CAPTE's web site and reproduced here as a courtesy. Please visit CAPTE's website at
CAPTE considers complaints about programs that are accredited, or are seeking accreditation by CAPTE, and complaints about CAPTE itself.  CAPTE has a mechanism to consider formal complaints about physical therapy education programs that allege a program is not in compliance with one or more of CAPTE's Evaluative Criteria or has violated any of CAPTE's expectations related to academic integrity. CAPTE will consider two types of complaints: those that involve situations subject to institutional due process policies and procedures and those that involve situations not subject to due process procedures:

  • If the complainant is involved with an institution/program grievance subject to due process and procedure, CAPTE requires that the process be completed prior to initiating CAPTE's formal complaint process, unless the complaint includes an allegation that the institution/program process has not been handled in a timely manner as defined in the institution/program policy, in which case CAPTE will consider the complaint prior to completion of the grievance process. Evidence of completion of the institutional process or of the untimely handling of such must be included in the complaint materials.

  • If the complaint is related to situations that fall outside of due process policies and procedures, the complaint may be filed at any time.

CAPTE will not consider complaints that fall outside its jurisdiction/authority as expressed in the Evaluative Criteria and the academic integrity statements. When appropriate, complainants will be referred to other organizations to pursue their concern(s).  For more information about complaints, and to obtain the materials necessary for submitting a complaint, contact the APTA Accreditation Department at (703) 706-3245 or at
Contact CAPTE
Department of Accreditation
American Physical Therapy Association
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
Phone: 703/706-3245
Department Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm ET.
CAPTE Staff Contact List for PT Programs

Confidentiality of Student Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA is designed to ensure that students, and in some cases parents of students, may obtain access to the student’s educational records and challenge the content or release of such records to third parties.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."
FERPA prohibits the disclosure of a student’s “protected information” to a third party. This disclosure is prohibited regardless of whether it is made by hand delivery, verbally, fax, mail, or electronic transmission. Disclosure also includes the provision of access to an educational institution’s career service data base of student resumes.
Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.
University of Saint Mary complies fully with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). FERPA permits students' access to their education records while protecting the privacy of education. In accordance with FERPA, students have the right to inspect and to review their education records, to seek correction of errors or misleading information in their education records, and to consent to or limit disclosure of information from their education records.
Directory information concerning students may be released unless the student specifically requests that such information be withheld. University of Saint Mary recognizes the following student information as directory information: name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, date and place of birth, level of education, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, full or part-time status, height and weight of athletic team members, dates of attendance, grade level, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, electronic mail address, and photograph. All students must inform the Office of the Registrar in writing before the end of fourteen business days following the first day of class of each semester if they wish the university to withhold and not release any or all of the information designated as directory information.
A copy of the University of Saint Mary policy that informs students of their rights under FERPA is published in the current University of Saint Mary catalog. University of Saint Mary does not assume a duty or responsibility to notify the parent(s)/guardian(s), or anyone acting in absence of either, of the student in regards to the above or other matters.


The Stefani Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Saint Mary is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

USM DPT Program Student Outcomes (As of 6/2014)

1. Graduation Rate: 97% (first class graduated on May 9, 2015).
2. Licensure Examination Pass Rate: We will not be able to post a licensure examination pass rate until 2015, when we anticipate receiving that information from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Data will be available in late December 2015.
3. Employment Rate: Data will be available late December 2015.