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ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 18, 2015 — The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) announces that 1,933 physical therapists were awarded certification in 2015 as board-certified clinical specialists.
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."
To obtain board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in one of eight 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.
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 therapist clinical specialist certification and recertification programs, and awards specialist credentials 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.