Specialist Certification: Oncology
As the 9th specialty area for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Oncology is now recognized for the unique skill set and knowledge base required to provide optimal rehabilitation for individuals with cancer.
Specialization in Oncology PT
In 2016 the APTA House of Delegates approved board certification in the area of oncology. It is anticipated that the first oncology specialist certification examination will be administered in spring 2019. Resources for applying to become board certified specialist in this specialty area will be posted here as they become available.
Oncology Specialty Certification Exam through the ABPTS
The Academy of Oncologic PT Board of Directors approved the following timeline for the development of an Oncology Certified Specialist Exam.
Timeline for Specialization
- Spring 2018: launch application for oncologic specialty certification
- July 1, 2018: Application deadline
- March 2019: first exam
The Candidate’s Guide and the Exam Outline are now available through ABPTS
Upon completion of an application, you will receive a copy of the Description of Specialty Practice document that provides an overview of exam content areas and other information for exam preparation.
Resources & Governance Documents
The Academy of Oncologic PT, APTA has several course offerings looking for partners to host. The host facility will be chosen based on the guarantee that they can draw a minimum of 20 registrants.
The Academy's General Listerv is a very productive messaging system for answering your practice questions. In addition, we maintain specialized listservs for our special interest groups.
Any PT/PTA living in a country other than the US who is not eligible for membership in APTA can take advantage of our membership benefits by becoming a Partner of the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy.