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ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 23, 2010 — The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) awarded specialist certification to 939 physical therapists this year. Since 1985, 10,348 physical therapists have achieved board certification. Those who were recognized recently completed the requirements to become board-certified specialists in one or more of the following specialty areas: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Sports, and Women's Health Physical Therapy.
"I have found that clinical specialist certification has been a key that unlocked previously closed doors and afforded me an influential part in the development of new treatment protocols and practice policies," said H. Steven Sadowsky, PT, RRT, MS, CCS, in his opening remarks at the Post-Professional Certification Recognition Ceremony at the APTA 2010 Combined Sections Meeting. According to Sadowsky, "To achieve board certification and be recognized as a clinical specialist has an undeniably indelible influence on your future clinical practice, professional growth, and career path decisions."
To obtain board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in a specialty area. In addition, candidates must successfully complete a rigorous written examination, demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty area of physical therapist practice.
The APTA House of Delegates established specialist certification as a mechanism to formally recognize physical therapists who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills. Since the program's inception in 1985 there has been a steady and substantial increase in the number of physical therapists who pursue specialist certification each year.
ABPTS was established by APTA as the governing body that awards certification to physical therapists who meet approved requirements. ABPTS oversees the physical therapy clinical specialist certification and recertification program and awards certificates to physical therapists meeting approved requirements.