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The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties has certified over 27,000 individuals who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in physical therapy specialty areas.

Currently, ABPTS offers board-certification in nine specialty areas of physical therapy:

  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports
  • Women's Health
  • Wound Management

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Pursue Specialist Certification

Due to extensions related to COVID-19, 2020 application deadlines have been delayed until October.

Get Recertified

The receritifcation process applies to specialists with expiration dates before 2023.

Maintenance of Specialist Certification

ABPTS is transitioning to a maintenance of specialist certification program for specialists with certification expiration dates of 2023 or higher.

Appropriate Use of Designations

Apr 27, 2020 / Open Access

ABPTS Directory of Certified Specialists

Nov 1, 2019 / Website


Additional Specialist Certification Content

A Fresh Look at Specialist Certification Opportunities

Jun 1, 2021 / News

The revamped APTA Specialist Certification website makes it easy to explore the possibilities for career growth governed by ABPTS.

Won't Back Down: PTs, PTAs, Achieve Their Specialist, Proficiency Goals in 2020

Mar 30, 2021 / News

In a challenging year, more than 3,000 PTs and PTAs earned a certification, were recertified, or achieved PTA advanced proficiency.

Specialist Certifications Still Within Reach

Aug 12, 2020 / News

ABPTS is extending application deadlines and offering payment options for PTs interested in pursuing board certification.