Clinical Electrophysiology and Electrodiagnosis | ACEWM

Clinical Electrophysiology (EMG) Practice Group

The mission of the Clinical Electrophysiology (EMG) Practice Group is to: 1) Protect & defend PT practice in electrophysiological examination by advocacy in regulatory, legislative & reimbursement arenas, 2) Promote high standards of practice via member involvement in ABPTS, and 3) Promote growth in clinical EMG practice through support of education & training

Join our Electrodiagnosis SIG

The Electrodiagnosis Special Interest Group (EDX SIG) is free to members of the Academy and provides a forum where individuals interested in electrodiagnosis may meet, confer, and promote patient care through education, clinical practice and research, as well as multi-disciplinary dissemination of PT-based knowledge.

Members who have joined a SIG receive publications and information about programming, practice, education, and legislative matters specific to the SIG. Only members of the Academy can join a SIG.

If you would like to join the SIG and are a member of the Academy, send the following request to join to

  • Your name
  • APTA Member ID Number
  • Email address
  • Daytime phone number
  • Mailing address
  • Indicate that you wish to join the EDX SIG

ECS Specialist Certification

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a national professional organization representing more than 66,000 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.

Application forms and information are available at  If you need   additional information contact the Specialist Certification Program by phone at   800/999-2782, ext 8520; or by e-mail at

Position Statement

The American Congress of Electroneuromyography (ACE) and the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management (ACEWM) have developed a  position statement on the minimum standards of performance and interpretation  of electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS).  The position statement has recently been  reviewed and approved by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Educational Guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to identify the student-oriented educational objectives that are recommended in the areas of electrophysiological examination and evaluation for the preparation of students in professional physical therapist educational programs.

We also have a list of individuals who are willing to be contracted by physical therapy educational programs to teach clinical electromyography and nerve conduction studies content. Please feel free to contact them directly.

Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation Program

The Federation of Clinical Electrophysiology, an organization made up of the three national organizations (the American Academy of Clinical Electrodiagnosis, the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management of the APTA, and the American Congress of Electroneuromyography), is pleased to announce the opening of the Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation program.

The Federation of Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation was formed to recognize electrodiagnostic labs that meet high levels of quality, patient safety, and follow accepted standards of care in electrodiagnostics. The process of electrodiagnostic laboratory accreditation is voluntary but strongly encouraged. Accredited labs demonstrate to the public, referral sources, and to third party payers that electrodiagnostic studies are performed with the highest standards and patient safety in mind.

There is currently a move to require each electrodiagnostic laboratory to demonstrate competency through accreditation. This accreditation process is already established in facilities that provide advanced diagnostic imaging services.  Advanced diagnostic imaging facilities must be accredited in order to bill CMS for services.   It seems natural that this accreditation trend may soon involve electrodiagnostic labs.   A lack of an accreditation status may affect insurance reimbursement and referral sources in the future.

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