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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.

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Certification Process

Dates and Deadlines

Application Requirements

Review general application requirements, as well as requirements per practice specialty area.

Review Requirements

Fees and Deadlines

Review application and examination fees and deadlines. Spoiler alert - APTA members save big!

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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.

Access the specialty council roster.

ABPTS Approved CEUs

View courses that have been approved by this ABPTS Specialty Council in the APTA Learning Center.