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ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 3, 2017 — The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) announces that 2,136 physical therapists (PT) were awarded certification and 605 were awarded recertification as board-certified clinical specialists in 2017.
In opening remarks during the ABPTS certification recognition ceremony at APTA's 2017 Combined Sections Meeting, Jean M Irion, PT, EdD, immediate past chair of ABPTS and board-certified specialist in sports physical therapy stated, "As clinical specialists, you have the distinct clinical viewpoint to become sought-after master clinicians by continuously perfecting your clinical content expertise through maintenance of specialist certification, and to also foster your own leadership development and that of the clinicians around you."
To obtain board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in 1 of 9 specialty areas: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Sports, and Women's Health. Candidates must also successfully complete a rigorous written examination that demonstrates specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty area.
Oncology is the newest specialist certification area approved by APTA’s House of Delegates. The first oncology specialist certification examination is expected to be administered in spring 2019.
Certifications are valid for a 10-year period. In order to recertify, ABPTS has developed a maintenance of specialist certification model that focuses on a PT's continuing competence in a given specialty.
Since the program's inception in 1985, there has been a steady and substantial increase in the number of PTs who pursue and maintain specialist certification each year. To date, more than 22,000 PTs have achieved board certification.
The American Physical Therapy Association represents more than 95,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about the types of conditions physical therapists can treat, and find a physical therapist in your area, by visiting www.MoveForwardPT.com.
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