• Programs seeking credentialing are required to have a patient/client population that is sufficient in number and variety to meet the educational purposes, goals, and objectives of the program.

    Residency and fellowship programs must provide sufficient mentored clinical practice experiences for the most common diagnoses or impairments identified in the Description of Specialty Practice (DSP), the Description of Advanced Specialty Practice (DASP), or practice analysis. Other learning experiences (observation, patient rounds, surgical observation, etc.) may supply sufficient exposure to less commonly encountered practice elements.

    Clinical Residencies

    If the curriculum of the residency program is in an area where American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) specialist certification exists, the patient/client population must reflect the current ABPTS DSP. If the curriculum of the residency program is not in an area where ABPTS specialist certification exists, the patient/client population must be consistent with the findings of a reliable and valid practice analysis.

    Clinical Fellowships

    Because the curriculum of a fellowship is designed to advance the physical therapist's clinical skills beyond that of the residency, the patient/client population must be consistent with the findings of a reliable and valid practice analysis for the subspecialty area.

  • Last Updated: 3/26/2013
    Contact: resfel@apta.org