Congratulations to Joyce Maring, EdD, DPT, chair and associate professor of the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences and program director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), on being elected to serve on the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
CAPTE is the nationally recognized accreditation agency for physical therapy (PT) education programs. It monitors program compliance with nationally established standards to determine if the program and its graduates meet the required outcomes. Maring’s term as a commissioner is from January 2018 through December 2022.
“I am happy to have been elected to serve on CAPTE,” Maring said. “Our level of success at GW is exemplary and a testimony to our strong graduates, excellent faculty, and a curriculum that reflects contemporary practice standards. I’m proud of our PT program and am pleased to participate in CAPTE’s mission to ensure the quality of entry-level education programs for physical therapy students across the nation.”
The GW PT Program recently learned that for the eighth consecutive year, its graduates achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). The NPTE is a rigorous, comprehensive exam that all PT graduates must pass in order to be eligible for licensure, and it serves as common element across jurisdictions in the evaluation of licensure candidates.
Maring has served as an on-site reviewer for CAPTE in addition to being an active participant in other national professional organizations. She has extensive clinical background in PT management of pediatric populations and adults with neurological dysfunction.