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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
  • Wound Management
Application $525 $870

July 31 for:

  • Geriatric
  • Neurologic
  • Orthopaedic
  • Pediatric
Application $525 $870 Sept. 30 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  $180 (in addition to any outstanding balance from previous year's application cycle) $180(in addition to any outstanding balance from previous year's application cycle)

Aug. 31 for all specialties

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

For Initial Certification 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: Extended to Sept. 30 for 2022

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: Extended to Sept. 30 for 2022

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
Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, and Sports