Becoming a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant is just the beginning. Consider the following career development opportunities.
Residency & Fellowship
Residency and fellowship programs normally occur after the graduate physical therapist has obtained clinical experience in the workplace.
ABPTS Specialist Certification
ABPTS offers board-certification in 8 specialty areas: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Sports, and Women's Health.
Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP)
Develop the skills and techniques necessary to provide a structured and effective clinical learning environment for students.
Continue your career development by pursuing a postprofessional degree.
There are several programs within APTA and its chapters and sections to help you develop your leadership skills and advance your career.
PTA Advanced Proficiency Pathways (APP)
The Advanced Proficiency Pathways are career boosters that help PTAs move from novice knowledge and skill to advanced proficiency in the physical therapy area of choice.
PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency
The PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency program has been discontinued. The last call for applications under this program was February 1, 2016. Recipients in this final cycle will be recognized during NEXT 2016. PTAs with a current Recognition of Advanced Proficiency will remain active through the expiration date. The new Advanced Proficiency Pathways (APP) is being elevated as the postgraduation program that demonstrates advanced proficiency for the PTA. Learn more about APP at www.apta.org/APP.