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APTA Specialist Certification

Why Specialist Certification

As a board-certified specialist, you’ll be among more than 30,000 PTs who have achieved certification since the first credentials were awarded in 1985 — and you’ll empower your professional growth.

  • Dive deep into what moves you. Earning specialist certification is all about pursuing the facets of physical therapy that you love most.
  • Elevate your practice. Specialist certification helps patients and referral sources know that you offer a deep understanding of specific areas of care, and that you’re committed to professional growth.
  • Get recognized for your commitment. Specialist certification is the profession’s acknowledgment that you’ve achieved knowledge and skills that set you apart.
  • Help lead the profession. Engagement is the heart of leadership: ABPTS specialists are often at the forefront of developments in research and practice, and part of a community that believes in continuous improvement of patient care.
  • Not convinced yet? Hear from your peers how specialization has changed their practice and made a difference in the professional and personal lives.

Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Oncology, Women’s Health, and Wound Management

Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, and Sports

Discounted Fees for APTA Members

APTA members receive a significant discount. Save $100

Specialization allows PTs to channel their thirst for progress into their practice.

- Sharon Dunn