Accreditation and Outcomes

Simmons is accredited by the New England Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

The Physical Therapy Program at Simmons is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected]; website:

Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Complaints
Any person may submit to CAPTE a complaint about an accredited or developing program. CAPTE will investigate and take action on any complaint filed in accordance with §11.2(a) against a physical therapy education program that is a candidate for accreditation or is accredited by CAPTE.

Complaints must allege violation of one or more of the following: 

(1) one or more of the Evaluative Criteria for Accreditation (for complaints about events occurring before December 31, 2015) or the Standards and Required Elements (for complaints addressing events occurring January 1, 2016 and thereafter) 
(2) one or more of CAPTE’s expectations related to program integrity (see Part 1) 

(i) Truthful Identification of Pre-accreditation or Accreditation Status
(ii) Academic Integrity in the Pre-accreditation and Accreditation Processes,
(iii) Integrity in the Development and Implementation of New Programs
(iv) Integrity in the Operation of Accredited Programs; or
(v) Integrity Related to Program Closure

Submission of Complaint to CAPTE
Complainants are expected to contact the Department of Accreditation prior to submission of a formal complaint. The purpose of the contact is two-fold: to ascertain whether the concern of the complainant is within CAPTE’s jurisdiction/authority and to obtain contact information from the complainant for the purpose of providing information regarding the complaint process and the required format for submission of the complaint.

Please review CAPTE’s document Rules of Practice and Procedure for more detailed information regarding submission of a complaint to CAPTE.

National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)

Simmons ProgramSimmons First Time 
Pass Rate
Simmons Ultimate 
Pass Rate
 National First Time 
Pass Rate
National Ultimate 
Pass Rate
DPT Class of 2016 87.5% 100% 93.1% 99%
DPT Class of 2015 93% 100% 91.2% 99%