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. The first oncology specialist certification examination was administered in spring 2019. Resources for applying to become board certified specialist in this specialty area will be posted and updated here as they become available.
Oncology Specialty Certification Exam through the ABPTS
For prospective applicants interested in taking the Oncology Specialization Examination in 2020, the deadline for application is as follows:
- July 1, 2019
- NOTE: Due to a delay in the Candidate Guide being made available online, applications will be accepted until July 30th, 2019 for the 2020 exam cycle.
- ABPTS encourages you to submit by the deadline of July 1, 2019 if possible. You will not need to request an extension. ABPTS will keep the Oncology on-line application portal open for submissions until 11:59 pm July 30th.
For further questions, please contact Specialty Council Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about the online application process, please contact Debbie Abdul Rahim at ABPTS: email@example.com
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.