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

     The examination blueprint is based on approximately 200 questions in the exam. Additionally, questions will be written to avoid use of negative stems. Questions may include graphics. Examination questions will represent both a practice expectation and a knowledge area associated with that expectation.

    A case scenario may have more than one question; however, the questions are written independently so that incorrectly answering one question should not jeopardize answering the next question correctly.

    The following is a summary including the percentage of exam questions for each of the major components of the DSP.

    I. Knowledge Areas: 15%

    A. Foundation Sciences (5%)
     
    B. Clinical Sciences (5%)
     
    C. Behavioral Sciences (5%)

    II. Practice Expectations: 85%

    A. Professional Roles and Responsibilities
     
         1. Professional Behavior (2%)

         2. Professional Development (2%)

         3. Communication (2%)

         4. Social Responsibility (2%)

         5. Leadership (2%)

         6. Education/Advocacy (2%)

         7. Administration/Consultation (2%)

          8. Evidence Based Practice (2%)

    B. Patient/Client Management

         1. Examination (23%)
     
         2. Evaluation/Diagnosis/Prognosis (14%)
     
         3. Intervention (27%)

         4. Outcomes (5%)

    TOTAL 100%

    Medical Conditions

    The medical conditions that may be represented on the examination include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Musculoskeletal
      - fractures
      - TJR
      - OA
      - all other (sprains, strains, etc)
      - osteoporosis
      - spine problems
        
    • Cardiovascular/pulmonary
        
    • Diabetes
        
    • Falls
        
    • Acute Infections
        
    • Peripheral Circulation Compromise
      - amputation
      - lymphedema
      - peripheral vascular and wounds
        
    • Neurologic
      - stroke
      - PD
      - dementia/mental illness
        
    • Other
      - frailty
      - includes others such as obesity, cancer, and autoimmune disease
  • Last Updated: 6/20/2017
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