Clinical Specialization

The Academy does not administer the exam.  If you have questions about your application, please contact ABPTS (American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties) at [email protected] or 800/999-APTA (2782), ext. 8520.  

Deadline Extended to September 30, 2021!

Candidate Guide

FAQs on CCS Examination

Are you sitting for or thinking of sitting for the CCS exam and looking for information and resources to help you study and prepare?

Study Guide

The Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy is committed to supporting those individuals who are studying to sit for the ABPTS Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialty (CCS) Examination. The Academy appointed a committee made up of Board Certified Cardiovascular Specialists to create a Study Guide to assist you with your efforts.

Cost: $200
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The study guide contains a study plan timeline, list of recommended textbooks, detailed outlines which provide a framework for expected knowledge on all areas of the DSP, practice questions and cases studies.

This study guide is not endorsed by the ABPTS or by the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialty Council. Purchase of this guide does not guarantee a passing score on the specialty examination. 

Roadmap to the CCS Recording

If you missed it live, the recording is now available

Cost:  FREE

Residency Reflections Webinar Recording

Interesting Cardiopulmonary Patient Cases

If you missed it live, the recording is now available!

Cost: $20

This is a two hour program highlighting interesting case studies and presented by current or former Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Residents.

This webinar will
  1. Help individuals studying for the CCS exam to have insight into interesting cases, the PT eval for these cases, outcome measures and interventions….all which will help in studying for the boards
  2. Help clinicians who are dealing with difficult cases to have insight into evaluation, outcome measures and interventions for more difficult cases
  3. Help students or residents with clinical problem solving cardiopulmonary cases
Traci Betts, PT, DPT, CCS
Ellen Hillegass, PT, EdD, CCS, FAPTA
Angela Campbell, PT, DPT, CCS
Talia Pollok, PT, DPT, CCS

Other CCS Preparation Resources

**Although these resources are supported by the Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy, neither the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, nor the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialty Council has reviewed or endorsed the content. In addition, use of these resources does not guarantee that a candidate will receive a passing score on the specialist certification examination. This resource is meant to augment each individual’s own preparation for the specialist certification examination.