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Why Specialist Certification

As a board-certified specialist, you’ll be among more than 30,000 PTs who have achieved certification since the first credentials were awarded in 1985 — and you’ll empower your professional growth.

  • Dive deep into what moves you. Earning specialist certification is all about pursuing the facets of physical therapy that you love most.
  • Elevate your practice. Specialist certification helps patients and referral sources know that you offer a deep understanding of specific areas of care, and that you're committed to professional growth.
  • Get recognized for your commitment. Specialist certification is the profession's acknowledgment that you've achieved knowledge and skills that set you apart.
  • Help lead the profession. Engagement is the heart of leadership: ABPTS specialists are often at the forefront of developments in research and practice, and part of a community that believes in continuous improvement of patient care.
  • Not convinced yet? Hear from your peers how specialization has changed their practice and made a difference in the professional and personal lives.

Ceremony Details

2020 and 2021 initial specialists will be honored at APTA CSM in San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 2, 2022. 

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From Consideration to Certification — And Beyond


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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.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Oncology, Women's Health, and Wound Management
Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, and Sports