Neurologic Specialist Certification
What is Neurologic Specialist Certification?
The APTA established the specialist certification program in 1978. Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to neurologic clinical practice. Clinical specialization in neurologic physical therapy requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession and unique to the specialized area of practice. The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in neurologic practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.
A Neurologic Clnical Specialist (NCS) is a licensed physical therapist who has:
1) completed over 2000 hours of neurologic clinical practice while working with individuals who have neurologic dysfunction.
2) demonstrated competency in the following areas: Patient Care (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention), Patient Education, Interpretation of Research, Administration, Consultation.
3) passed the Neurologic Clinical Specialist Examination.
4) obtained certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).
For more information on Neurologic Specialist Certification, visit the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
Recently Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialists: