• All questions on the exam relate to the competencies outlined in the book Clinical Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy: Description of Specialty Practice (DSP).

    The following is an outline summarizing the approximate examination percentages for each content domain from the DSP. The outline also contains information on the content based on patient/client conditions. Examination questions can represent knowledge areas, professional roles and responsibilities, and patient/client management.

    I. Area Knowledge

    A. Anatomy (7% - 14 questions)

    B. Neuroscience (7% - 14 questions)

    C. Physiology (7% - 14 questions)

    D. Clinical Sciences (9% - 18 questions)

    E. Critical Inquiry (5% - 10 questions)

    F. Professional Roles and Responsibilities (5% - 10 questions)

    II. Practice Expectations in Patient/Client Management

    A. Examination:

         1.History, Systems Review, Reexamination (5% - 10 questions)

         2. Tests and Measures - (15% - 30 questions)

    B. Evaluation:

         1. Normal and Abnormal Electrophysiological Characteristics (12.5% - 25 questions)

         2. Interpretation of Abnormal Electrophysiological Findings (12.5% - 25 questions)

    C. Diagnosis (5% - 10 questions)

    D. Prognosis (5% - 10 questions)

    E. Interventions (5% - 10 questions)

    • Coordination, Communication, and Documentation;
    • Patient/Client-Related Instruction

    TOTAL 100% - 200 questions

    Patient/Client Conditions

    Diagnoses/clinical impressions that may be represented on the examination include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Entrapment neuropathy (carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, etc)
    • Radiculopathy
    • Polyneuropathy (demyelinating, axonal, hereditary, etc)
    • Motor neuron disease
    • Myopathy (muscular dystrophy, myositis, etc)
    • Neuromuscular junction defect (myasthenia gravis, botulism, etc)
  • Last Updated: 6/20/2017
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