SOURCE: American Physical Therapy Association

August 05, 2005 10:11 ET

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Recognizes Achievement of Board Recertified Specialists

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 5, 2005 -- The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) announces that 235 physical therapists were awarded recertification in 2005 as Board-certified clinical specialists. To date, more than 1,000 Board-certified clinical specialists have been recertified.

"The goal of recertification is to assure the continuing competence of certified specialists in the chosen area of specialty practice," said ABPTS Chair Beth McKitrick-Bandy, PT, MBA, PCS. "Recertification verifies that the physical therapist is an advanced practitioner and identifies him or her as having demonstrated continuing scholarship and professional development."

To be eligible for recertification, candidates must hold a current certificate from ABPTS and meet minimum eligibility requirements, including a current physical therapy license and a minimum number of direct patient care hours since the date of the most recent certification.

Candidates must complete a competency assessment to achieve recertification. Candidates are recertified either by completing a written examination or by completing a Professional Development Portfolio (PDP). The written examination for each specialty area consists of approximately 200 questions and is developed and administered through the National Board of Medical Examiners. The PDP is a documentation of professional development activities related to specialty practice. Candidates may also receive credit for patient care experience that is beyond the minimum eligibility requirement for recertification.

ABPTS was established by APTA as the governing body that awards certification to physical therapists who meet approved requirements. ABPTS oversees the physical therapy clinical specialists certification and recertification program and awards certificates to physical therapists meeting approved requirements.

The American Physical Therapy Association is a national professional organization representing more than 66,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.

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