Minimum Eligibility Requirements for Specialist Certification

  • ABPTS has established minimum eligibility requirements to sit for the specialist certification examinations: (1) current licensure to practice physical therapy in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands and (2) evidence of a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in the specialty area, 25% of which must have occurred within the last 3 years.

    Specialty councils, with the approval of ABPTS, develop specific requirements to be eligible to sit for the certification examination in their specialty area. These requirements vary across specialty areas and include factors such as evidence of hours in general physical therapy practice, hours of direct patient care, and evidence of competency in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency care.

    Specialist Certification Minimum Eligibility Requirements (.pdf) 

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