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NCS Exam Resources

Description of Specialty Practice

The Description of Specialty Practice: Neurology serves as the basis for the specialist certification exam and is a valuable tool in determining your readiness for specialist certification. A Self-Assessment Tool is included to help you identify discrepancies between your current and desired levels of practice and assist you in mapping out a plan for further professional development. The Description of Specialty Practice: Neurology document is provided to those who have registered for the exam. If you want to review it prior to applying it may be purchased at the APTA Online Store.

Neurologic Certified Specialist Exam Resources

NCS Exam Content Outline

The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) provides an outline summarizing the key components of the exam. 

ANPT NCS Resource List**

ANPT’s Specialization and Advanced Proficiency Committee has developed a list of resources to assist with preparation for the Neurologic Certified Specialist exam. The committee solicited suggestions about useful references from recently certified specialists, and has compiled a list of journal articles, textbooks and APTA publications.

NCS Exam: Special Topics Review and Discussion Board

Every year, the Specialization and Advanced Proficiency Committee supports a NCS Exam: Special Topics Review and Discussion Board for those applicants sitting for the NCS Exam. This online forum is provided at no cost and offers a review of special topics covered in the NCS Exam as well as a community discussion boar to connect with topic experts and other NCS applicants.  The focus is on areas that previous applicants have identified as needing increased attention.  An e-mail will be sent to those approved to sit for the NCS Exam in late fall or early winter inviting them to participate. For more information email

NCS Application Important Dates

For the 2021 Exam the Application and Reapplication Deadlines have been extended.

Application Deadline: July31
Reapplication Deadline: August 30
Initial Certification Exam fee deadline: November 30
Test dates: February 26 - March 12, 2022
All questions related to administration of the NCS examination should be directed to the ABPTS at:

**Neither the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, nor the Neurologic Specialty Council has reviewed or endorsed the content of this list. In addition, reviewing these resources does not guarantee that a candidate will receive a passing score on the specialist certification examination.

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