• Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice. Clinical specialization in physical therapy responds to a specific area of patient need and requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession and unique to the specialized area of practice.

    The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.

     Specialist Certification Video


    Initial Certification Deadlines

    July 1: Certification deadline for:

    • - Cardiovascular & Pulmonary
      - Clinical Electrophysiology
      - Oncology
      - Women's Health

    July 31: Certification deadline for:

    • - Geriatrics
      - Neurology
      - Orthopaedics
      - Pediatrics
      - Sports

    August 31: Reapplication Deadline

    November 30: Initial Certification Exam Fee Deadline

    Test Dates

    March 3 - March 17, 2018: 2018 Exam Dates

  • Last Updated: 2/7/2018
    Contact: spec-cert@apta.org