All questions on the exam relate to competencies as outlined in the book Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy: Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) (1997, 2007). 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.
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: 8/28/2014