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.

Call for Applicants for the Oncology Specialty Council

Two positions will be available on the Oncology Specialty Council starting January 1, 2020. Application deadline is August 15, 2019. Please click here for description of the two available positions, and here to complete an application.

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 31st, 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 July 31, 2019.

For further questions, please contact Specialty Council Chair: nlstout90@gmail.com. If you have questions about the online application process, please contact Jessica Davison Levy at ABPTS: jessicadavisonlevy@apta.org

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.

Clinical Research Grants

Are you up on the latest Oncology Physical Therapy research or are your just starting out? New and experienced Academy members can make valuable contributions.

Clinical Internship Opportunities

This list of clinical sites is provided as a service to Academy Members.

Host a Regional Course in Your Area

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.

Academy Member Awards

Know of a PT/PTA professional needing recognition? Here is the place to find out about our Member Awards.

Join the Academy ListServ

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.

Resource Guide for Specialization

This document, prepared by the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, is designed to help you in your preparation for the specialist examination.


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Partners Program

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.

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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