• 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 4: Cognitive Expertise Through a Test of Knowledge in the Profession.

    During year 10 of the certification cycle, the specialist will be required to sit for a recertification examination, comprising approximately 100 items. The exam will be specialty specific, assess an individual's cognitive expertise in the specialty area, and reflect contemporary specialist practice.

    The exam blueprint breakdown for this exam will mirror that of the initial certification exam, as noted in the various Descriptions of Specialty Practice. Items will be coded and pulled from existing specialty item banks.

    Successful completion of requirements 1-3 are prerequisites for sitting for the recertification exam. If a specialist fails to receive a passing score after the first attempt, he or she will be permitted to sit for the exam 1 additional time, and will maintain his or her certification during this 1-year grace period.

    MOSC Portal

    Enter the MOSC Online Portal.

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