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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
    c/o Specialist Certification Program
    1111 North Fairfax Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
    Phone: 800/999-2782, ext 8520
    Fax: 703/706-8186
    Email: suziecallan@apta.org
    Website: http://www.cardiopt.org/
    Price: Free

    Clinical Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy

    Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management
    c/o Specialist Certification Program
    1111 North Fairfax Street 
    Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
    Phone: 800/999-2782, ext 8520
    Fax: 703/706-8186
    Email: clinelectrowm@apta.org
    Website: http://acewm.org/
    Price: Free

    Geriatric Physical Therapy

    Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy
    Karen Curran
    3510 East Washington Avenue
    Madison, WI 53704
    Phone: 866/586-8247
    Fax: 608/221-9697
    Email: karen.curran@geriatricspt.org
    Website: www.geriatricspt.org

    Neurologic Physical Therapy

    Neurology Section 
    Sandy Rossi
    1055 N Fairfax St, Ste. 205
    Alexandria, VA 22314-1484
    Phone: 703/ 706-3237
    Fax: 703/706-8575
    Email: neuro@apta.org
    Website: www.neuropt.org

    Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

    Orthopaedics Section
    Terri DeFlorian
    2920 East Avenue South, Ste. 200
    La Crosse, WI 54601-8282
    800/444-3982, ext 2040
    Fax: 608/788-3965
    Email: tdeflorian@orthopt.org
    Website: www.orthopt.org

    Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Pediatrics Section
    Cindy Sliwa
    1055 N Fairfax Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314-1484
    Phone: 800/999-2782 x3254
    Fax: 703/706-8575
    Email: pediatrics@apta.org
    Website: www.pediatricapta.org
    PCS Exam Resources document available through the Section's Online Store

    Sports Physical Therapy

    Sports Section
    Mark DeCarlo
    P.O. Box 431
    Zionsville, IN 46077-0431
    Phone: 877/732-5009
    Fax: 317/669-8276
    Email: mark@decarlopt.com
    Website: http://www.spts.org
    Sports Section Member Price: Free
    Sports Section Nonmembers: $5

    Women's Health Physical Therapy

    Women's Health Section
    Denise Jackson
    8400 Westpark Drive 2nd Floor
    McLean, VA 22102
    Phone: 703/610-0224
    Fax: 703/610-9005
    Email: executivedirector@womenshealthapta.org
    Website: www.womenshealthapta.org
    Women's Health Section Member Price: Free
    Women's Health Section Nonmembers: $25

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