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ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 28, 2015 — The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) announces that 577 physical therapists were awarded recertification in 2015 as board-certified clinical specialists.
Candidates who are eligible for recertification must hold a current certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and meet minimum eligibility requirements, including a current physical therapy license and a minimum number of direct patient care hours, since the date of the most recent certification.
In opening remarks at the post-professional certification recognition ceremony at APTA's 2015 Combined Sections Meeting, ABPTS Immediate Past Chair, Stephanie Yu, PT, MSPT, PCS, stated: "It's up to you to be leaders and make a positive impact as certified clinical specialists. Adopt the mind-set to stay current and advanced in your practice. Choose to be a lifelong learner."
Candidates must complete a competency assessment to achieve recertification. They are recertified either by completing a written examination or by completing a professional development portfolio (PDP). The written examination for each specialty area consists of approximately 200 questions, and is developed and administered through the National Board of Medical Examiners.
The PDP is a documentation of professional development activities related to specialty practice. Candidates may also receive PDP points for patient-care experience that is beyond the minimum eligibility requirement for recertification. Portfolio requirements vary, depending upon the specialty area.
APTA's 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, 18,071 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 program, and awards certificates to physical therapists meeting approved requirements.
The American Physical Therapy Association represents more than 90,000 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. Follow Move Forward PT on Twitter and Facebook. Consumers can locate a board-certified specialist by accessing the Online Directory of Certified Clinical Specialists in Physical Therapy. Like us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ABPTS.