14 Jan 2020
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 (2020)
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:
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:
- 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
- Go back to your resources to complete the areas you left blank
- 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.
Also, there are over 500 SCS and OCS practice questions. That is such a helpful way to gauge your knowledge as well as study in a different way. One thing to note with any practice test, I wouldn’t use your score to be predictive of what your performance will be on the exam. They are intended to identify areas of weakness and provide practice, not perfectly replicate the board specialty exam.
This course contains:
- online lectures covering each body region
- Practice examination with 200+ questions
- Examination will be graded and participants will receive specific feedback on areas of improvement
- Weekly newsletters with pertinent tips and advice
- Research breakdowns of top journal articles
- Online question and answer sessions with OCS clinicians
- Access to 100+ OCS study sheets and infographics
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.
From the Evidence in Motion Website:
- Interact with other “SCS-preppers” in an exclusive online forum.
- Weekly summaries of the most “need to know” info for the SCS Exam with quizzes.
- Pre-course exam, quizzes and post-course exam with over 350 SCS-style review questions.
- Citations and full text are provided for all quiz and pre-course exam questions.
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.
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).
“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!
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)
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.
For the best deal or cheapest price on Medbridge CEUs (Over 45% off or $175 discount) use the promo code PLISKY. For PTs, if you use promotional code PLISKY you get your MedBridge CEUs for $200 (a $175 discount). This is 47% off the normal price. For students, receive 76% off using promo code PLISKYstudent at checkout — $275 Off
28 Nov 2019
I can’t believe I already messed up.
In September, I posted about how this year was going to be different. I wasn’t going to wait until the last minute to get my PT and NATABOC CEUs done. So much so that I posted publicly and said I was going to share my progress in order to help my accountability. Suddenly it is November and I haven’t done anything. To be fair, we did unexpectedly buy a house, but that is just an excuse. So in order to keep my promise, I am going to walk you through what I have done so far to hopefully keep everyone motivated.
My first step was to get organized. MedBridge makes this easier through their tracker tab.
I started by entering my CPR certification and 2019 Combined Sections Meeting attendance.
Once I did this, I had an idea of how many CEUs I needed.
Now it is time to select courses. Since my wife and I were traveling this past weekend, we used the Medbridge app to watch. Watching through the app was seemless. Our first course was
This was a great course that included the latest information on the neuroscience of pain. If you haven’t done his other courses, I highly recommend them!!!
For the best deal on Medbridge CEUs (Over 45% off or $175 discount) use the promo code PLISKY. For PTs, if you use promotional code PLISKY you get your MedBridge CEUs for $200 (a $175 discount). This is 47% off the normal price. For students, receive 76% off using promo code PLISKYstudent at checkout — $275 Off
Coupon Code Good through 12/31/2020 ($175 off) — Updated