Q: What are the components of the exam? Do they include multiple-choice, practical, etc?
A: The Orthopedic Specialty Certification Exam consists of the following item types:
- Stand-Alone Items
- multiple choice
- hot spot
- Focused Testlets
- A focused testlet consists of a scenario followed by key/critical items related to that scenario
- Each focused testlet may include multiple choice items and/or any of the previous types.
The exam contains a combination of 125 scored and unscored (experimental) items. There will not be a practical
component. Sample Exam Questions can be found
Q: Will the Orthopedic Specialty Certification Exam be administered electronically at a testing location
like the entry-level athletic training certification exam?
A: The Orthopedic Specialty Certification Exam is an internet-based exam administered in secure
and proctored professional testing centers or via Live Online Proctoring.
Q: For the alternate eligibility route will there be opportunities to learn the content required for the
exam outside of clinical settings such as through symposiums, webinars or etc.? Who ensures those Athletic
Trainers receive the correct information to prepare for the exam?
A: The “BOC Orthopedic Practice Analysis” outlines the domain, task, knowledge and skill
statements for the Orthopedic Specialty Exam. Professional development opportunities that align with the “BOC
Orthopedic Practice Analysis” will be searchable in the BOC program directory. Exam preparation tools will be
provided in spring 2021.
Q: Will the BOC Orthopedic Specialty Exam focus on casting or on acute injuries?
A: The “BOC Orthopedic Practice
(OPA) defines the domains (medical knowledge, procedural knowledge,
professional practice) and task statements that will be assessed on the
Orthopedic Specialty Exam. We suggest Athletic Trainers review the
domains and task statements
comparing them to what they encounter within their specific practice.
The knowledge and skills required of each domain and task statement can
be found in the