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Join a Community of Excellence

Becoming a board-certified specialist solidifies your commitment to patient care, professional growth, and the advancement of the physical therapy profession. With 10 specialized areas recognized by ABPTS, certification reflects the critical role physical therapy plays in enhancing movement and improving quality of life.

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Why Specialist Certification

Join over 30,000 physical therapists who have earned certification since 1985.

  • Increase your earning potential: Recent APTA reports show that board-certified clinical specialists earned, on average, $4,540 more annually than PTs who are not board certified. Enhance your professional growth and open doors to new career opportunities.
  • Enhance patient care: Certification signals to patients and referral sources that you possess advanced knowledge and skills in specific care areas.
  • Deepen your knowledge: Pursue the areas of physical therapy you love most.
  • Lead the profession: Be at the forefront of research and practice. Board-certified specialists are leaders who drive continuous improvement in patient care.

Hear from Your Peers

Daniel Stam, PT, DPT
Daniel Stam, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

"What this credential means to me is just a greater commitment toward the patients who I serve, the profession, and the students who I teach. I would encourage others to pursue specialty certification to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to open up future career opportunities."

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Important Dates and Deadlines

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

Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, and Sports

Engage With a Community Committed to Excellence

Become part of a network of dedicated professionals who are passionate about advancing physical therapy and improving patient outcomes. Explore our resources and join a community that values continuous learning and excellence in care.