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The ABPTS model for certification focuses on continuing competence of the physical therapist specialist.

What Does This Mean to You as a Board-Certified Specialist?

You can look forward to real-time capture of professional development activities throughout your certification period. Our seamless online submission system helps you progress toward the MOSC milestones. The MOSC process reflects the dynamic health care environment that requires a commitment to lifelong learning and continuing clinical competence. Review history and purpose of MOSC.

Here are the key benefits:

  • Requirements are tailored to fit your career path
  • Flexibility in how you gain MOSC credits
  • Online system easily tracks your progress
  • Pricing is in line with current recertification process
  • Fees are spread over 3 payments in your third, sixth, and ninth year of certification.
  • Recertification exam adds greater credibility to your credential

Your 10 Year Certification 

Your certification is good for 10 years regardless of your participation in the maintenance program.

In order to maintain your certification at the end of your 10 years, you must submit evidence of your continuing competence / requirements in three year cycles by June 30 of your third, sixth, and ninth year.

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.

Already started the MOSC process?

If you're already in the process of your board-certification maintenance and know where you are in the process and what requirements you need to fulfill, here's easy access to the portal.

Access the Online Portal

Otherwise, continuing reviewing important information below.

MOSC Fees and Deadline

APTA Members

3 installments of $220 with each MOSC cycle submission, plus a reduced exam fee in year 10  = $660 total  

Nonmembers

3 installments of $400 with each MOSC cycle submission, plus a reduced exam fee in year 10 = $1200 total

2021 Submission Deadline: Sep. 30

Where and When Do You Start?

Review timeline and fee structure for information on how this pertains to already certified specialists in the process of preparing for maintenance. 

Emeritus Status

Current board-certified specialists who have retired from direct patient and client care (as defined by ABPTS) may apply to be granted the designation "emeritus." 

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