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ABPTS Awards 1,455 Certifications in 2013

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) announced Nov. 6 that it awarded specialist certification to 1,455 physical therapists in 2013. 

According to ABPTS Chair John Lowman, PT, MS, NCS, who gave the opening remarks at the Postprofessional Certification Recognition Ceremony at the APTA 2013 Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago, "This achievement not only reflects the necessary hard work to complete the requirements for certification, but also your commitment to the profession and the patients you serve."

Lowman also noted, "It took a conscious choice, hard work, and discipline to get where you are today. But you cannot rest now; you must use the knowledge and skills that you are being recognized for to continually improve the care you provide for patients."

To obtain board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in one of eight specialty areas: cardiovascular and pulmonary, clinical electrophysiology, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports, and women's health physical therapy. Also, candidates must successfully complete a written examination that demonstrates specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency.

To date, 14,392 physical therapists have achieved board certification.

ABPTS awards certification to physical therapists who meet approved requirements. ABPTS oversees the physical therapy clinical specialist certification and recertification programs and awards specialist credentials to physical therapists meeting approved requirements.

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