The WCS Exam and the Role of the Academy

Posted By: Meryl J. Alappattu Academy News, Career Development,

The APTA House of Delegates approved board certification in the area of women’s health in 2006. The first WCS examination was administered in 2009 and as of June 2014, ABPTS has certified 226 women’s health specialists. The WCS exam is administered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS); the ABPTS develops the exam content, determines exam logistics, and endorses the Descriptions of Specialty Practice to all WCS applicants.


What role does the Section on Women’s Health have in the WCS exam

In short, the SoWH has no role in developing content for or administration of the exam. We know that the preparation for the exam is a months-long process and we want to provide resources that will make the preparation process effective and worthwhile. In the past, we developed a reading list of peer-reviewed articles in different topic areas to prepare our members for the exam. In response to feedback from our members, we are working with our WCS Work Group to develop new, innovative, and easily accessible study materials for the exam.  If you have suggestions on what types of study materials you think would be helpful (ie online practice exam and/or study guides, live courses, etc.) or would like to be part of the WCS Work Group, please contact the Academy at