All questions on the exam relate to the competencies outlined in the book Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy: Description of Specialty Practice (DSP).
The content outline lists major content areas and components of the exam. The exam is composed of case histories, each accompanied by multiple-choice questions. The cardiovascular and pulmonary diagnosis that may be included in the exam content are listed below with their frequency of occurrence.
A. Professional Behaviors: Leadership, Education, and Administration 10%
B. Consultation 4%
C. Evidence-Based Practice 10%
D. History Taking and Systems Review 10%
E. Test and Measures 10%
F. Evaluation 30%
G. Interventions 12%
H. Foundational, Clinical and Behavioral Sciences 14%
The following lists the most commonly seen patient/client diagnoses seen by specialists. They are listed by frequency seen and rank ordered within each category. The cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist exam will contain cases in a distribution that reflects these diagnoses seen frequently (60% of exam items), occasionally (30% of exam items), or rarely (10% of exam items), based on the survey of specialists.
Diagnoses Seen Frequently
Diagnoses Seen Occasionally
Diagnoses Seen Rarely
Last Updated: 6/20/2017