PT Board Specialty Exam Prep Guide – SCS – OCS

PT Board Specialty Exam Prep Guide – Sports (SCS) – Orthopaedic (OCS)

Figuring out which resources to use to prepare for the PT board specialty exam can be a daunting process. But with the right study plan and a few key resources, you can ace the test!

There is one thing that you need to know about preparing: You have to use multiple sources in order to be prepared for the board specialty exam. For example, if you completed a residency program that used much of the material from Evidence in Motion, then I recommend using the Medbridge Specialty Exam Prep Course (they have SCS, OCS, GCS, NCS, PCS). But if your residency is like ours, we use a lot of the prep material from Medbridge, so you can certainly use the Medbridge Study Guides and practice exams, but I would recommend using another program as well (e.g. Evidence in Motion (they have OCS, SCS, GCS, and NCS) or The SPTS Sports Certified Specialist Examination Preparatory Course, etc.

If you didn’t do a residency program, I would recommend doing both (e.g. Medbridge and Evidence in Motion). Those two resources will really give you a comprehensive way to be certain to learn the material.

If you are looking for additional ways to study and additional practice exams (although MedBridge has 4 practice exams), below is list of resources to aid your studying for the Board Certified Specialist Examination:

Medbridge

My favorite part of the Medbridge SCS prep is the study guides. These guides are amazing and are incredibly comprehensive. They were developed by Jenna Gourlay, and I have had multiple exam takers tell me using these guides helped them tremendously. Here is how I recommend using them:

  1. Complete a section of the blank study guide without using resources. This will give you a good indication of your current knowledge level on the topic area
  2. Go back to your resources to complete the areas you left blank
  3. Make flash cards and take notes on the areas that you don’t feel as confident in. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to HANDWRITE notes. The learning research on this is unequivocal.

Evidence in Motion SCS Test Prep Course
While I haven’t used this course personally, I know many people who have that found it extremely valuable. Like I said, I recommend this course to our residency graduates as it gives them a different perspective.

Physical Therapy OCS Exam Review
While I haven’t used this guide, it does offer 25 free practice questions which is worth doing even if you don’t purchase the guide. These practice questions are pretty robust, and if indicative of the entire product, it should be a great resource.

PT Ortho & Sports Questions Volume II: Pass the Test Without Breaking the Bank, PT Ortho Questions: Pass the test without breaking the bank, and PT Sports Questions: Get an Edge Over the Competition

I just reviewed these for the first time and I really like them! It is great to have access to that many questions. Each question has an explanation of why the answer is correct and links to the citing course (a great way to dive into areas that you feel less confident).

The SPTS Sports Certified Specialist Examination Preparatory Course (2020)

“Edited by Robert Manske, PT,DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS and John DeWitt, PT, DPT, SCS, AT, this home study course has been developed by the leaders in sports physical therapy to help physical therapists confidently sit for the SCS examination.”

This is a brand new preparation course from the Sports Section. Looking forward to getting feedback on it!

OCSexamprep.com

I particularly like the OCS Pop Quizes  from OCSexamprep.com. It is a great way to quickly review when you don’t have a lot of dedicated time.

Specialist Certification: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary

From Angie Nottingham Henning “The acute care section/CVP section has a drop box with files, study guide, suggested courses, and suggested textbooks for study for the CCS.”

Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Candidate Guide (.pdf)

Helpful links:

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) SCS Candidate Guide. 
Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy 4th Ed

This is a must read for those taking the SCS. The other specialty guides can be found here.

If there any resources that I missed (or if you have more insight/feedback on the resources), please email me or comment below so we can make this page as robust as possible for future exam takers. I would even love to add more in-depth information in the other specialty areas.

 

 

 

 

 

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