APTA Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology & Wound Management

Electrodiagnostics Special Interest Group

Clinical Electrophysiology Special Interest Group

The mission of the Electrodiagnostics Special Interest Group is to:

  • Protect & defend PT practice in electrophysiological examination by advocacy in regulatory, legislative & reimbursement arenas,
  • Promote high standards of practice via member involvement in ABPTS, and
  • Promote growth in clinical EMG practice through support of education & training


The Charlene Mae Nelson Endowment Fund

The Foundation for Physical Therapy established   the   Charlene Mae Nelson Endowment Fund  through a generous $200,000 bequest by physical therapist Charlene “Billie” M. Nelson, PT, MA, FAPTA. The fund will provide doctoral scholarships to physical therapist researchers with priority given to those involved in Clinical Electrophysiology.The endowment fund was announced during the Foundation’s annual Donor and Award Recipient Reception at the Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans.

Billie was a founding member of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management and was the first woman to receive the Electrophysiology Clinical Specialist certification. She was an associate professor emerita in the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Billie passed away on May 11, 2017 at the age of 86.

You can help fulfill Billie’s goal of funding the next generation of physical therapist researchers by making a gift in her honor.    Donate today by clicking the link below or via your mobile phone by texting BILLIEPT to 414-44.

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Support your patients and your profession through a PTPAC Donation

The American Physical Therapy Association's Physical Therapy Political Action Committee (PTPAC) provides a mechanism for separate, voluntary contributions to political candidates who support physical therapy. The PAC is a valuable platform for association members and staff who want an opportunity to voice their support or opposition to federal legislation through the election process. 

Please take   a moment to watch the following video for the PTPAC:    https://youtu.be/E9bj0kISRq8 

  • PTPAC supports friends of physical therapy who are running for the U.S. Congress this provides us with engagement opportunities on issues important to our profession.
  • PTPAC distributed more than $1.1 million direct contributions to federal candidates, leadership PACs, and national political party committees. This impacts our ability to make a difference for the profession.
  • Every person, every dollar donation strengthens the impact we have on Capitol Hill for our profession and for our patients. 

Please take a moment to watch this short video on how you can contribute:


For more information, please visit the Physical Therapy Political Action Committee website   here.

Lynda D. Woodruff Endowed Research Grant on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Physical Therapy


Lynda D. Woodruff, PT, PhD, is known to most fo    us as a trailblazer in physical  therapy education and stalwart contributor to the PT Electrodiagnostic profession.  From the time she integrated public schools in Lynchburg, VA , becoming the first  African American female professor at UNC Chapel Hill, to countless Charter PT education programs across the country, she was remarkably tireless and ferocious in her life-long mission and values to advocate and promote health equity and diversity education.  Whether you knew or knew of her, recognize that your successful Electrodignostic practice would no be possible without her contributions.  She left us on March 20, 2018, but her legacy remains, and it is incumbent upon us as an Academy to press-on and humbly honor her life's work by supporting the  Lynda D. Woodruff Endowed Research Grant and Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture.  Together we succeed.        Please consider contributing to the grant. 

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Get Involved:


Join our Electrodiagnostics SIG

The Electrodiagnosis Special Interest Group (EDX SIG) is free to members of the Academy and provides a forum where individuals interested in electrodiagnosis may meet, confer, and promote patient care through education, clinical practice and research, as well as multi-disciplinary dissemination of PT-based knowledge.

Members who have joined a SIG receive information about programming, practice, education, and legislative matters specific to the SIG. Only members of the Academy can join a SIG.

Please visit this page for instructions on how to sign up for the ACEWM Special Interest Groups.


Interested in Specialization in Electrodiagnostics?   Learn More      

ECS Specialist Certification

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a national professional organization representing more than 66,000 members throughout the United States, established the specialist certification program in 1978. 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.

Application forms and information are available at www.abpts.org.  If you need   additional information contact the Specialist Certification Program by phone at   800/999-2782, ext 8520; or by e-mail at spec-cert@apta.org.

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Position Statement

The American Congress of Electroneuromyography (ACE) and the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management (ACEWM) have developed a  position statement on the minimum standards of performance and interpretation  of electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS).  The position statement has recently been  reviewed and approved by the American Physical Therapy Association.



Educational Guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to identify the student-oriented educational objectives that are recommended in the areas of electrophysiological examination and evaluation for the preparation of students in professional physical therapist educational programs.

We also have a list of individuals who are willing to be contracted by physical therapy educational programs to teach clinical electromyography and nerve conduction studies content. Please feel free to contact them directly.


Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation Program

The Federation of Clinical Electrophysiology, an organization made up of the three national organizations (the American Academy of Clinical Electrodiagnosis, the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management of the APTA, and the American Congress of Electroneuromyography), is pleased to announce the opening of the Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation program.

The Federation of Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation was formed to recognize electrodiagnostic labs that meet high levels of quality, patient safety, and follow accepted standards of care in electrodiagnostics. The process of electrodiagnostic laboratory accreditation is voluntary but strongly encouraged. Accredited labs demonstrate to the public, referral sources, and to third party payers that electrodiagnostic studies are performed with the highest standards and patient safety in mind.

There is currently a move to require each electrodiagnostic laboratory to demonstrate competency through accreditation. This accreditation process is already established in facilities that provide advanced diagnostic imaging services.  Advanced diagnostic imaging facilities must be accredited in order to bill CMS for services.   It seems natural that this accreditation trend may soon involve electrodiagnostic labs.   A lack of an accreditation status may affect insurance reimbursement and referral sources in the future.

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