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Applicants are required to pay application review and examination fees. The application review fee is nonrefundable.

Upon submission of an application, applicants are granted online access to an electronic copy of  "Description of Specialty Practice" as well as the corresponding Self-Assessment Tool for Physical Therapists within the online application system. 

Discounted Fees for APTA Members

APTA members receive a significant discount. Not an APTA member? Explore membership and check out the impact we made with other PTs, PTAs, and students in 2020.

Fees and Deadlines

Fees APTA Member Rate Nonmember Rate Deadline
Application $525 $870

July 1 for:

  • Cardiovascular & Pulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology
  • Oncology
  • Women's Health
Application $525 $870

July 31 for:

  • Geriatric
  • Neurologic
  • Orthopaedic
  • Pediatric
Application $525 $870

Oct. 31 for:

  • Sports
Examination $810 $1,535 Nov. 30 for all specialties

The below informaiton pertains only to initial certification applicants.

Expedited Processing for Early Applicants

As applications are reviewed in order of submission, potential reapplicants are encouraged to apply prior to the deadline to expedite the application review process.

Fees APTA Member Rate Nonmember Rate Deadline
Reapplication review  $170 $170

Aug. 31 for all specialties, excluding sports

Reapplication review  $170 $170

Oct. 31 for Sports only

Examination $810 $1,535 Nov. 30 for all specialties

APTA Members

Total $650
Submission Deadline: October 31

Nonmembers

Total $910
Submission Deadline: October 31

 

For Initial Certification and Recertification Applicants

An option for an initial partial payment of the application fee also will be available (excluding reapplicants). The application extension and/or partial payment option is automatically extended to all applicants.

Prior approval is not required.

APTA Members

The total amount is broken into three installments of $220 with each MOSC cycle submission, plus at-cost, reduced exam fee in year 10.

Total $660

Submission Deadline: Sep. 30

Nonmembers

The total amount is broken into three installments of $400 with each MOSC cycle submission, plus at-cost, reduced exam fee in year 10.

Total $1200

Submission Deadline: Sep. 30

There is a one-time application fee of $100 that is required when submitting the online application.

Submission Deadline: Applications accepted any month of the year, but must be submitted before your current certification expires.

Dates and Deadlines

Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Oncology, Women's Health, and Wound Management
  • July 1

    Application Deadline
  • July 31

    Reapplication Deadline

    For candidates who did not pass on first attempt.

  • Nov. 30

    Initial Certification Exam Fee Deadline
  • By Jan. 1

    Scheduling Permits Issued
  • Feb. 26-March 12

    2022 Exam Dates
  • By June 30

    Exam Results Released

    Notification of exam results will sent by email (from spec-cert@apta.org) and shortly after to the online portal.

Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, and Sports
  • July 31

    Application Deadline

    Sports Excluded

  • Aug. 31

    Reapplication Deadline

    Sports Excluded

  • Oct. 31

    Sports Application / Reapplication Deadline
  • Nov. 30

    Initial Certification Exam Fee Deadline
  • By Jan. 1

    Scheduling Permits Issued
  • Feb. 26-March 12

    2022 Exam Test Dates
  • By June 30

    Exam Results Posted

    Notification of exam results will sent by email (from spec-cert@apta.org) and shortly after to the online portal.