In 2015, 577 physical therapists have been awarded recertification as board-certified clinical specialists, according to an APTA media announcement.
The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recognized these recertified specialists during the recent APTA 2015 Combined Sections Meeting.
“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,” said ABPTS Immediate Past Chair, Stephanie Yu, PT, MSPT, PCS, during the meeting’s opening remarks, directed toward those newly board-certified.
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, the release explains.
The specialist certification program, established by the APTA’s House of Delegates in 1985, is a mechanism to formally recognize physical therapists who have demonstrated advanced knowledge and skills. Since its inception, 18,071 physical therapists have achieved board certification, per the release.