All questions on the exam relate to the competencies outlined in the book Pediatric Physical Therapy: Description of Specialty Practice (DSP).
Based on demographic data related to practice settings, the survey frequency data, and the DSP categories, the subject matter expert group developed the exam blueprint. The group used a consensus-building process to construct this blueprint.The examination blueprint is based on approximately 200 questions in the exam. Additionally, questions are written to avoid use of negative stems. Questions may include graphics. Examination questions represent both a practice expectation and a knowledge area associated with that expectation.A case scenario may have more than 1 question; however, the questions are written independently so that incorrectly answering 1 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.
A. Foundation Sciences (4%) B. Clinical Sciences (4%) C. Behavioral Sciences (4%) D. Critical Inquiry Principles and Methods (4%)
A. Professional Behaviors/Core Values (2%) B. Leadership (2%) C. Education (2%) D. Administration (2%) E. Consultation (2%) F. Evidence-based Practice (4%) G. Research (2%)
A. Examination (20%) B. Evaluation/Diagnosis/Prognosis (20%) C. Intervention (20%) D. Outcomes (8%)
The medical conditions that may be represented on the examination include (but are not limited to) the following:
A. Physical fitness during typical childhood and adolescence
B. Fitness and health in populations with lifelong disability
C. Prevention and management of impairments, functional/activity limitations, and participation restriction in infants, children, adolescents, and adults whose impairments and limitations arose in childhood due to:
D. Management of impairments and functional limitations in infants, children, adolescents, and across the life span arising from other diseases and syndromes, including:
E. Management of impairments, functional/activity limitations, and participation restriction in infants, children, adolescents, and adults whose impairments and limitations arose in childhood, in special practice settings, including:
Last Updated: 6/20/2017