The clinical electrophysiologic specialty area within the physical therapy profession encompasses those areas of practice that use electricity to monitor, measure, or produce physiologic responses in the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of human dysfunction. Specialists in this area are skilled in planning and administering special electrodiagnostic and electrotherapeutic clinical procedures, interpreting electrophysiologic responses, and proposing recommendations for subsequent management or intervention.
In 1982 the APTA House of Delegates approved board certification in the area of Clinical Electrophysiology. The first Clinical Electrophysiology Specialist Certification Examination was administered in 1986. As of June 2023, ABPTS has certified 237 clinical electrophysiologic specialists.
Certified Specialization Primer
Dates and Deadlines
The Role of the Clinical Electrophysiologic 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.