Three essential elements of APTA's Clinical Specialization Program:
1. It is a voluntary process. Participation in the certification process is initiated only at the request of the individual.
2. It is a nonrestrictive process. No attempt is made to prohibit others from practicing in a specific area, and board-certified physical therapists are not required to restrict their practice to the area in which they are certified.
3. It is a coordinated process. A central mechanism is provided for certifying specialists. This reduces duplication of effort and provides reasonable uniformity in the level and type of standards used as the basis for certification.
Last Updated: 5/23/2013