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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.

You are obligated to participate in ongoing professional development within your designated specialty area that leads to a level of practice consistent with acceptable standards. You 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 provides an individual tracking mechanism for you to record professional development activities throughout your 10-year certification.

You must show evidence of professional development activities (equivalent to 10 MOSC credits) within two of the three designated activity categories in years three, six, and nine. By year nine, you must have accrued a minimum of 30 MOSC credits and demonstrated professional development in each of the three 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 three requirements for the next MOSC cycle.

See below for additional details and examples of how you can earn MOSC credits:

Minimum Eligibility Requirements of MOSC

Category 1

Accrual of 200 Direct Patient Care Hours

1 MOSC credit (maximum of 5 MOSC credits in each three-year cycle).
Note: Accural is beyond the minimum required hours of 200 every three years.

Accrual of 200 Clinical Supervision, Mentoring, and Consultation Hours

1 MOSC credit (maximum of 5 MOSC credits in each three-year cycle).

  • Clinical supervision (entry-level physical therapist students and physical therapist assistant students).
  • Mentoring.
  • Residents (credentialed residency program).
  • Peer professionals (formal job role/responsibility).
Professional Services

Each worth 1 MOSC credit (maximum of 5 credits cumulative across subcategories in each three-year cycle).

  • Subject matter expert.
  • Committee/board participation (including ABPTS, specialty councils, and other specialty-related appointments).
  • Task force or work group (ABPTS, APTA section or component-sponsored; or other professional organization).
  • Item writing (1 MOSC credit for every 10 items accepted by specialty council for board exam for ABPTS specialty certification).
  • Committee content expert, such as a CCE, appointed ABPTS position. Must serve a full term, unless term could not be completed due to professional advancement in another ABPTS position).
  • Administrative activities.
  • Starting a residency or fellowship program.
  • Community service in clinical specialty area.
  • Other.

Category 2

Completion of a CE Course

1 MOSC credit for every 10 contact hours (specialty-related CEU).

Completion of a CE Course, Residency, or Fellowship

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

Completion of College or University Course

5 MOSC credits.

Teaching a College or University Course
  • Serving as primary instructor/coordinator – 5 MOSC credits.
  • Serving as assistant for the course – 2 MOSC credits.

Note: You may count each course only once in each three-year cycle.

Teaching a CE Course

2 MOSC credits for every hour of teaching (maximum of 5 MOSC credits in each three-year cycle).
Note: You may count each course only once in each three-year cycle.

Category 3

Professional Presentations

MOSC credits vary by presentation (maximum of 5 credits cumulative across subcategories in each three-year cycle).

  • Peer-reviewed presentations (each worth 2 MOSC credits):
    - Platform or poster presentation.
    - Invited speaker.
  • Non-peer-reviewed presentations (each worth 1 MOSC credit):
    - In-service presentations.
    - Presentation to professional groups.
    - Presentation to client-based groups.
    - Presentation to community groups.
    - Panelist at forum.
    - Participation in a journal club.
    - Other.
Research Activities

Each worth 1 MOSC credit (maximum of 5 credits cumulative across subcategories in each three-year cycle).

  • Contributions to Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry.
  • Contributions to physical therapy research project.
  • Participation in an ABPTS revalidation study.
  • Research summit participation.
  • Other.