• The Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) was established to create a pool of certified specialists to write items for the specialist certification examinations. During the completion of the online application, SACE applicants will be required to complete the online course "Specialist Certification Examination Item Writing: An Overview," and submit a sample exam question. Elected applicants must commit to attending an item writing training workshop during APTA's Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), and commit to writing a minimum of 8-12 exam questions annually for the 2 year appointment to SACE. 

    ABPTS board-certified clinical specialists are needed for the following practice areas: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiologic, Geriatric, Neurologic, Oncologic, Orthopaedic, Pediatrics, Sports, Women's Health, and Wound Management Physical Therapy.

    Volunteer

    Submission Cycle:

    • Submission Opens: March 1
    • Submission Deadline: April 30
    • ABPTS will review all applications and make official appointments during their September board meeting.
    • Appointment begins January 1

    Resources

    2020 Award

    Congratulations to the recipient of SACE's Item Writer of the Year Award:

    Rochelle Brannan, PT, MSPT
    Board-Certified in Oncologic Physical Therapy
    SACE Member for Oncologic Specialty Area

     

    Congratulations to the top producing item writers in each specialty:

    Pamela Bartlo, PT, DPT - 13 items approved for item bank submission
    Board-Certified in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
    SACE Member for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialty Area

    Bryan Green, PT, DPT - 22 items approved for item bank submission
    Board-Certified in Clinical Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy
    SACE Member for Clinical Electrophysiologic Specialty Area

    Karen Blood, PT, DPT - 15 items approved for item bank submission
    Board-Certified in Geriatric Physical Therapy
    SACE Member for Geriatric Specialty Area

    Alyssa Jones, PT, DPT - 12 items approved for item bank submission
    Board-Certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy
    SACE Member for Neurologic Specialty Area

    Brian Maloney, PT, DPT - 12 items approved for item bank submission
    Board-Certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy
    SACE Member for Neurologic Specialty Area

    Rochelle Brannan, PT, MSPT - 35 items approved for item bank submission
    Board-Certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy
    SACE Member for Neurologic Specialty Area

    Kindyle Brennan PT, PhD - 12 items approved for item bank submission
    Board-Certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    SACE Member for Orthopaedic Specialty Area

    Stephanie Ressler, PT, MSPT - 10 items approved for item bank submission
    Board-Certified in Pediatric Physical Therapy
    SACE Member for Pediatric Specialty Area

    Kevin Nagel, PT, DPT - 13 items approved for item bank submission
    Board-Certified in Sports Physical Therapy
    SACE Member for Sports Specialty Area

    Alexandra Hill, PT, DPT - 11 items approved for item bank submission
    Board-Certified in Women's Health Physical Therapy
    SACE Member for Women's Health Specialty Area

    Victoria Hurwitz, PT, DPT - 11 items approved for item bank submission
    Board-Certified in Women's Health Physical Therapy
    SACE Member for Women's Health Specialty Area

    Nicole Samuels, PT - 15 items approved for item bank submission
    SACE Member for Wound Management Specialty Area

  • Last Updated: 4/13/2021
    Contact: spec-cert@apta.org