ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 6, 2013 — The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) awarded specialist certification to 1,455 physical therapists this year.
According to ABPTS Chair John Lowman, PT, PhD, CCS, who gave the opening remarks at the Postprofessional Certification Recognition Ceremony at the APTA 2013 Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago, "This achievement not only reflects the necessary hard work to complete the requirements for certification, but also your commitment to the profession and the patients you serve." Lowman also noted, "It took a conscious choice, hard work, and discipline to get where you are today. But you cannot rest now; you must use the knowledge and skills that you are being recognized for to continually improve the care you provide for patients."
To obtain board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in 1 of 8 specialty areas: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Sports, and Women's Health Physical Therapy. Also, candidates must successfully complete a rigorous written examination that demonstrates 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. To date, 14,392 physical therapists have achieved board certification.
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 programs and awards specialist credentials to physical therapists meeting approved requirements.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 85,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.MoveForwardPT.com. Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@moveforwardpt) and Facebook. Consumers can locate a board-certified clinical specialist by going to www.abpts.org/FindaSpecialist/ and accessing the Online Directory of Certified Clinical Specialists in Physical Therapy.