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 2019. In 2019, 68 individuals successfully passed the examination and were welcomed as the inaugural class of Board-Certified Clinical Specialists in Oncologic Physical Therapy.

Resources for applying to become a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy will be posted and updated here as they become available.

Check back often as new materials are being developed to assist you in your preparation to apply for and sit for the exam.

Oncology SPECIALIST Certification Exam through ABPTS

The application window to sit for the Oncology Specialist Certification Examination in 2022 closed on September 30, 2021.

Applications and inquiries should be submitted directly to ABPTS, here.

For further questions, please contact Specialty Council Chair, Cindy Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FAPTA. If you have questions about the online application process, please contact ABPTS: spec-cert@apta.org.

The Candidate’s Guide and the Exam Outline are 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.

The Class of 2021 Board-Certified Specialists

APTA Oncology is proud to introduce the 2021 class of Board-Certified Specialists in Oncologic Physical Therapy

Resources & Governance Documents


The following resources have been developed and organized to assist you in your preparation to apply and sit for the Oncology Specialist Certification Examination

Resource Guide for Specialization

EDGE Annotated Bibliography

Learning Opportunities

Enhancing your knowledge and skills in the area of oncologic rehabilitation can be a great way to help prepare for the Oncology Specialist Certification Examination.

Click HERE for a listing of regional courses sponsored by APTA Oncology and for additional resources via APTA’s Learning Center



OncoReadsSM is a program developed by APTA Oncology that allows you to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the comfort of your own home or office. In partnership with Rehabilitation Oncology and the APTA Learning Center, selected articles are made available for you to read and critically analyze in preparation to complete a 15 question exam (>/=70% to pass) to earn CEUs (.2 per article!) through the Learning Center.

Utilizing OncoReadsSM courses is a great way to review pertinent topics aligned with the Description of Specialty Practice.

Click HERE to access OncoReadsSM and start earning today.

Booth Signup

Sign up for an available volunteer slot at the Academy booth in the CSM Exhibit Hall! You must be logged in to sign up.

Join the APTA Oncology ListServ

APTA Oncology'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.

Resource Guide for Specialization

This document, prepared by APTA Oncology, is designed to help you in your preparation for the Oncology Specialist Certification Examination.


OncoReadsSM allows you to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the comfort of your own home or office. Begin earning today!

Partners Program

Any PT or PTA living in a country other than the US or a healthcare provider from another discipline, not eligible for APTA membership, can take advantage of our membership benefits by becoming a Partner of APTA Oncology.


APTA Engage

Want to get involved? Check out APTA Engage for the latest volunteer opportunities within APTA Oncology. Check back often as new opportunities arise!

Clinical Research Grant

A clinical research grant is available to APTA Oncology members to assist with a one-year research study that investigates a question(s) of importance to adult or pediatric oncology or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) physical therapy.

Internship & Mentor Opportunities

Oncology rehab facilities across the country that are willing to offer clinical affiliations, and mentors who have volunteered to share their time and expertise.

Host a Regional Course in Your Area

APTA Oncology has several course offerings looking for partners to host. Click here to learn more.

Look Inside the Oncology Toolbox

What's in your Physical Therapy Bag of Tricks? Find more and contribute some.

Sign Up to Become a Volunteer

This Academy survives and thrives on it's exceptional line of volunteers. From experienced to clincians; if you want to be a leader, we have a position.

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