A complimentary digital copy of the appropriate Description of Specialty Practice is provided to each applicant upon acceptance of the application. If you would like a downloadable copy in advance of your application, the DSPs are available for sale in the online APTA Store. Note that DSPs are updated from time to time as the requirements for each specialty are reviewed for currency, and during that time a DSP may be unavailable in the APTA store.
The Descriptions of Specialty Practice serve as the basis for the specialist certification exams and are valuable aids in determining your readiness for specialist certification. The DSP includes an assessment tool helps you identify discrepancies between your current and desired levels of practice. Once you've assessed your practice level, you can map out your plan for continuing education and professional development. The assessment tool includes suggestions for follow-up and development of an action plan.
Last Updated: 10/26/2020