• The ABPTS Maintenance of Specialist Certification (MOSC) is a model for certification that focuses on continuing competence of the physical therapist specialist. . This page covers MOSC Requirement 1: Professional Standing and Direct Patient Care Hours.

    In years 3, 6, and 9, a specialist must submit evidence of current unrestricted licensure as a physical therapist in the United States or any of its possessions or territories.

    In years 3, 6, and 9, a specialist must submit evidence of 200 hours of direct patient care acquired in the specialty area within the last 3 years. Direct patient care hours accrued in year 10 may be applied to the year 3 requirement for the next MOSC cycle.

    Sports Specialists Only

    Sports specialists must additionally submit:

    Successful completion of an APTA-accredited residency or fellowship program in a designated specialty practice area meets all requirements for one 3-year MOSC cycle.

    What Activities Constitute Direct Patient Care?

    MOSC Portal

    Enter the MOSC Online Portal.

  • Last Updated: 11/15/2016
    Contact: spec-recert@apta.org