A crucial element of professional development and professionalism is lifelong learning (McGinnis, Guenther, & Wainwright, 2016). Clinical specialization in physical therapy necessitates advanced knowledge, skill, and experience in a specialized area of practice (American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties [ABPTS], n.d.a). The enhancement of the patient’s outcome by improving the clinical reasoning skills of the physical therapists is the main motivation behind the pursuit of an expanded role (Yardley et al., 2008). In 1976, the House of Delegates of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) approved the notion of specialization and created the Task Force on Clinical Specialization (ABPTS, n.d.b). The Essentials for Certification of …show more content…
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