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What Every PT Should Know About Earning Board Certification in Clinical Electrophysiology
The American Physical Therapy Association is an individual membership professional organization representing 100,000 member physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy. APTA established the specialist certification program in 1978.
The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties has certified over 30,000 individuals who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in physical therapist specialty areas. The first Clinical Electrophysiology Specialist Certification Examination was administered in 1986.
This certification was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists skilled in planning and administering special electrodiagnostic and electrotherapeutic clinical procedures, interpreting electrophysiologic responses, and proposing recommendations for subsequent management or intervention.
- Current permanent/unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in the United States or any of its possessions or territories.
- 2,000 hours of direct patient care as a licensed physical therapist in the area of clinical electrophysiology within the last 10 years; 25% (500) of these hours within the last three years.
- Or successful completion of an APTA-accredited post-professional clinical residency in clinical electrophysiology.
- Submission of three patient reports, an individual clinical education learning experience, and a 500 electrodiagnostic exam testing log.
- Payment of application review and examination fees.
Examination Format: Physical therapist specialty content of approximately 200 questions, with up to seven hours to complete. Exam is offered during a 2-week timeframe each year at testing sites throughout the U.S.
Cost: APTA members: $1,335; Nonmembers: $2,405
Recertification: Every 10 years
Maintenance of Certification: Evidence of the following professional activities in years three, six, and nine after passing the initial exam: 1) 200 hours of direct patient care, 2) professional development (includes a variety of professional activities as set forth by ABPTS), 3) a reflective portfolio submission on patient/client management in the specialty area. In year 10, the specialist takes a 100-question recertification examination. APTA members: $220; Nonmembers: $400 in years three, six, and nine.
Suggested Preparation Materials: Description of Specialty Practice (complimentary copy provided following application submission; also available for purchase in advance from APTA store).
Apply for Certification: July 1, 2021 application deadline; Exam dates Feb. 26 – March 12, 2022
For more information, please visit: abpts.org/Certification/ClinicalElectrophysiology
APTA Specialist Certification, governed by ABPTS