Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

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OCS Exam information

Looking for study materials?

The Independent Study Course, Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, 4th edition is very popular with those studying for the OCS Exam! This 12-monograph course presents a thorough review of anatomy and biomechanics of each body region, application of specific tests and measurements, musculoskeletal pathology, and effective treatment strategies. Also included is a reading list of resources that others that have recently passed the exam felt were helpful in their learning.  Click here to learn more and purchase today!

Click here for our OCS Checklist.

Also check out our Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) when studying for the OCS Exam!  View all our published guidelines here.

Additional questions about Current Concepts or CPGs?  Click here to contact us!

Questions about taking the exam?

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For additional questions, APTA's Specialist Certification Department can be reached at 800-999-2782, Option 4 or


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