SOURCE: American Physical Therapy Association

August 05, 2005 09:56 ET

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Recognizes Board Certified Specialists

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 5, 2005 -- The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has awarded specialist certification to 661 physical therapists this year. Those who were recognized recently completed the requirements to become Board-certified specialists in one or more of the following specialty areas: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, and Sports Physical Therapy.

"Twenty years after the first exam offering, the certification process for clinical specialization in physical therapy has been realized as an overwhelming success... we all must strive to advance the profession of physical therapy and successfully surpass the APTA vision that physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy and who may be Board-certified specialists," stated 2005 Ceremony for Recognition of Clinical Specialists keynote speaker David G Greathouse, PT, PhD, ECS.

ABPTS Chair Beth McKitrick-Bandy, PT, MBA, PCS, also encouraged the newly certified specialists to achieve APTA's Vision 2020 statement and reminded them "clinical specialization is not an end, but a stepping stone for continued pursuance of clinical excellence." To date, 5,943 physical therapists have achieved Board certification.

To obtain Board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in a specialty area. In addition, candidates must successfully complete a rigorous written examination, demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty area of physical therapist practice.

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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