Geriatric Certified Specialist (Board Certification in Geriatric Physical Therapy)

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Raise the Bar Higher: Board Certification in Geriatric Physical Therapy certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities.

The specialist certification program was established in 1978 by the American Physical Therapy Association. The purpose of the program is to identify physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge and experience. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) coordinates and oversees the specialist certification process.

Overview of Board Certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

Testimonials on Board Certification in Geriatrics


How to become Board Certified in Geriatric Physical Therapy

  • Review the eligibility and application information on the ABPTS website, by visiting
  • If you question whether you are ready to take the exam, it may help to take APTA's Self Assessment Exam (link to APTA Store). You can also review the Board Certification Resource List created by the APTA Geriatrics below.
  • Consider enrolling in a accredited geriatric residency program.
  • Download and complete the exam application from the ABPTS website. Applications are usually due in July, and applicants get notification about whether their application is accepted in the fall.
  • If you are approved to sit for the exam, you will receive a letter in early December with instructions to schedule a time to take the exam at a local testing center, during a two-week period early in the following year (usually Feb/March).
  • Take the exam. Pass/Fail notification usually arrives early June, and all newly certified specialists will be recognized at the following Combined Sections Meeting (held each year in February).


Resource List

The APTA Geriatrics resource list is free to everyone as a public service, but we sincerely hope that everyone considering taking the Geriatric Board Certification exam will join the Academy!"

Download the Geriatric Board Certification Resource List


There is an online directory of all certified specialists on APTA's site

Geriatric accredited Residencies and Fellowships

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