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For a current directory of specialists, please visit the ABPTS website.

ABPTS – American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists

  • Voluntary process
  • Recognize Physical Therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in specialized area of practice
  • Assist consumers and health care community in identifying PTs who are specialists

Requirements for Application

    • Applicant must demonstrate 2000 hours of direct patient care in the clinical specialty area
    • Evidence of successful completion of an APTA approved post-professional residency program
    • Some specialty areas require:
      • Emergency Care- Sports
      • ACLS Certification, Data Analysis Project- Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
      • Patient Reports- Clinical Electrophysiologic
      • Case Reflections- Woman’s Health
  • Exam is 200 questions in length and applicants are given 6 hours to complete exam
  • Exam covers all aspects of the chosen area of specialization
Illinois Specialists by Specialty Area Number (as of July 2014)
Cardiovascular & Pulmonary 10
Clinical Electrophysiology 3
Geriatrics 55
Neurology 99
Orthopedics 403
Pediatrics 71
Sports 34
Women's Health 17

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