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Specialist Certification Examination Preparation Materials

  • Following are resource lists that reflect current literature in advanced physical therapy specialty areas. Lists are provided by APTA sections. Please contact the APTA section in your specialty area for information on the availability of continuing education courses and review courses that cover advanced specialty practice. Not all specialty sections offer review courses. ABPTS and specialty councils do not review or endorse any preparation materials or courses. In addition, reviewing these materials does not guarantee that candidates will receive a passing score on the specialist certification exam.

    General Resources

    Finding Information in Physical Therapy Literature 

    Studying for Certification Examinations

    Articles of Interest 

    Helpful Websites 

    Area Specific Information

    Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy

    Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section (APTA)
    c/o Specialist Certification Program
    1111 North Fairfax Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
    800/999-2782, ext 8520
    FAX: 703/706-8186
    Price: Free 

    Clinical Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy

    Clinical Electrophysiologic Section (APTA)
    c/o Specialist Certification Progam
    Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
    800/999-2782, ext 8520
    FAX: 703/706-8186
    Price: Free 

    Geriatric Physical Therapy

    Section on Geriatrics
    Karen Oshman, CAE
    3510 East Washington Avenue
    Madison, WI 53704
    Phone: 866/586-8247
    FAX: 608/221-9697
    E-mail: karen.oshman@geriatricspt.org
    Web site: www.geriatricspt.org 

    Neurologic Physical Therapy

    Neurology Section 
    Sandy Rossi
    PO Box 327
    Alexandria, VA 22313-0327
    Phone: 703/ 706-3237
    FAX: 703/706-8578
    E-mail: neuro@apta.org
    Web site: www.neuropt.org 

    Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

    Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Section (APTA)
    Attention: Terri DeFlorian
    2920 East Avenue South
    La Crosse, WI 54601-8231
    800/444-3982, ext 204
    Fax: 608/788-3965
    E-mail: tdeflorian@orthopt.org
    Web site: www.orthopt.org 

    Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Section on Pediatrics (APTA)
    1111 N Fairfax St
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    FAX - 703/706-8575
    E-mail: pediatrics@apta.org
    Web site: www.pediatricapta.org
    PCS Exam Resources document available through the Section's Online Store

    Sports Physical Therapy

    Sports Physical Therapy Section (APTA)
    9002 North Meridian
    Suite 112A
    Indianapolis, IN 46260
    E-mail: tjackson@spts.org
    Sports Section Member Price: Free
    Sports Section Nonmembers: $5

    Women's Health Physical Therapy

    Women's Health Physical Therapy Section (APTA)
    Attention: Kathie St. Clair
    1111 North Fairfax Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    800/999-2782, ext 3229
    Fax: 703/706-8575
    E-mail: SOWH@apta.org
    Web site: www.womenshealthapta.org
    Women's Health Section Member Price: Free
    Women's Health Section Nonmembers: $25

  • American Physical Therapy Association | 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488 703/684-APTA (2782) | 800/999-2782 | 703/683-6748 (TDD) | 703/684-7343 (fax)