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 2: Commitment to Lifelong Learning Through Professional Development.
Each board-certified specialist is obligated to participate in ongoing professional development, within his or her designated specialty area, which leads to a level of practice consistent with acceptable standards. Each specialist may choose to pursue professional development that leads to a level of practice beyond prevailing standards.
A web-based system to track continuing competence in a specialty area has been developed. This system provides an individual tracking mechanism for each specialist to record professional development activities throughout their 10-year certification.
Specialists must show evidence of professional development activities (equivalent to 10 MOSC credits) within 2 of the 3 designated activity categories in years 3, 6, and 9. By year 9, a specialist must have accrued a minimum of 30 MOSC credits and demonstrated professional development in each of the 3 designated activity categories. These activities include professional services, continuing education coursework, publications, presentations, clinical supervision and consultation, research, clinical instruction, and teaching.
Professional development activities completed in year 10 may be applied to the year 3 requirements for the next MOSC cycle.
See below for additional details and examples of how you can earn MOSC credits:
Accrual of 200 Direct Patient Care Hours (beyond the minimum required hours of 200 every 3 years)1 MOSC credit (maximum of 5 MOSC credits in each 3-year cycle)
Accrual of 200 Clinical Supervision, Mentoring, and Consultation Hours1 MOSC credit (maximum of 5 MOSC credits in each 3-year cycle)
Professional ServicesEach worth 1 MOSC credit (maximum of 5 credits cumulative across subcategories in each 3-year cycle)
Completion of a CE Course
Completion of a CE Course/Residency/Fellowship
Completion of College or University Course5 MOSC credits
Teaching a College or University Course (may count each course only once in each 3-year cycle)
Teaching a CE Course (may count each course only once in each 3-year cycle)2 MOSC credits for every hour of teaching (maximum of 5 MOSC credits in each 3-year cycle)
Professional Presentations(Maximum of 5 credits cumulative across subcategories in each 3-year cycle.)
Research ActivitiesEach worth 1 MOSC credit (maximum of 5 credits cumulative across subcategories in each 3-year cycle)
Professional Writing (Authorship/ Editorship)(maximum of 5 credits cumulative across subcategories in each 3- year cycle)
Enter the MOSC Online Portal.
Last Updated: 2/21/2019