In 1989 the APTA House of Delegates approved board certification in the area of geriatric physical therapy. The first Geriatrics Specialist Certification Examination was given in February 1992. As of June 2020, ABPTS has certified 3,316 geriatric specialists.
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All candidates are required to review the Examination Candidate Guide prior to submission through the online application portal.
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The "Description of Specialty Practice" for each specialty serves as the basis for the specialist certification exams and is a valuable aid in determining your readiness for specialist certification.
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The Role of the Geriatric 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.