Specialist certification is the primary indicator of advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice.

This certification also helps to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying experienced physical therapists with the specific treatment they are seeking. (Note: If you are not interested in immediately pursuing a post-professional degree, consider getting a specialist certification instead)

ABPTS Specialties

Licensing: Getting your license in other states is a great way to market yourself. Visit our Licensing Info page for more information or contact a recruiter to find out how you can be licensed for free!

Leadership Development: Mentoring – use LinkedIn to find other professionals in your area. Or visit the APTA website. They often have listings of professionals who are interested in mentoring. Many PT Schools have mentoring programs; if you did not utilize this program as a student, contact your counselor and ask about mentors for alumni.

Self-Assessment Tools: how will you know where you are going if you don’t know where you are? Use THIS self-assessment tool as a map for your career!

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