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McNeal receives board certification as Geriatric Specialist
BOLIVAR, Mo. — SBU Physical Therapy faculty member Dr. Beverly McNeal earned recognition from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a board-certified Geriatric Specialist.
McNeal had to obtain a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in the specialty area, 25 percent of which must have occurred within the last 3 years, and complete a 200-question exam.The American Physical Therapy Association, a national professional organization representing more than 80,000 members throughout the United States, established the specialist certification program in 1978. Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice. Clinical specialization in physical therapy responds to a specific area of patient need and requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession and unique to the specialized area of practice.
The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at SBU prepares students for a career through the development of knowledge and skills needed for patient management, education, consultation and clinical research. For more information, call (417) 328-1690 or (800) 526-5859 ext. 1690.
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