In 1981 the APTA House of Delegates established the first board certification in the area of cardiopulmonary (now cardiovascular and pulmonary) physical therapy. The first cardiovascular and pulmonary specialist certification examination was administered in 1985. As of June 2023, ABPTS has certified 507 cardiovascular and pulmonary specialists.
Certified Specialization Primer
Dates and Deadlines
The Role of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialty Council
ABPTS Specialty Councils develop minimum eligibility requirements for certification and recertification in a specialty area based on ABPTS guidelines, and when required screen applicants for eligibility to sit for exams and for recertification. Specialty Council members are responsible for developing the examination instruments in consultation with the ABPTS testing agency and approved consultants.