Students Using EIM Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) Test Prep Course Have 90% Pass Rate

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PTs excel with the help of the self-paced, online prep course for the OCS exam.

We’re very proud of the achievements of these students and know this is a direct result of the hard work spent getting ready for the OCS exam.

Physical Therapists who completed the Evidence In Motion (EIM) Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) test prep course excelled at the exam, receiving an 90% pass rate. The self-paced course is web-based and offers students an interactive, media-rich way to prepare effectively for the exam.

Course participants performed 15% higher than the overall national pass rate for all specialty designation tests offered by the American Physical Therapy Association. The 16-week self-study program is typically started four-to-five months prior to the OCS exam and integrates journal articles, online video presentations, Mind-Maps, weekly summaries, and additional online resources.

“We wanted to create a very effective tool for students that let’s them customize their test preparation. The course encourages students to deviate from the schedule, giving them more time to focus on their specific areas of weakness and less time on their strong suits,” states David Browder, PT, DPT, OCS, EIM faculty member and course creator. “It’s clear from the results that the course has been successful. We’re very proud of the achievements of these students and know this is a direct result of the hard work spent getting ready for the OCS exam.”

A regional approach is used throughout the curriculum that includes: test taking strategies, upper extremities, cervical and thoracic spines, lower extremities, lumbar spine and pelvis, critical inquiry, and miscellaneous topics and review. The online course is open to all licensed physical therapists that, upon completion, received 58 contact hours from the EIM Institute of Health Professions. Participants will have the opportunity to bounce ideas and questions off one another in the “OCS-preppers” online forum and will receive weekly summaries of the most “need to know” information. The forum allows students to engage with one another and serves as another resource when dealing with certain questions and test sections.

The course, while unique for each student, features a pre-test, post-test and weekly online quizzes in a format similar to the OCS exam. This stimulates the exam environment, identifies knowledge gaps and assesses learning.

The OCS Test Prep Course is available online at http://www.evidenceinmotion.com/educational-offerings/course/ocs-test-prep-course/ and can be purchased for $495. Practices interested in purchasing multiple copies of the course can contact EIM directly at info(at)eimpt(dot)com for a group discount.

About Evidence In Motion (EIM):
Evidence in Motion (EIM) is an education and consultation company whose sole reason of existence is to elevate the physical therapy profession and the role of physical therapists in healthcare delivery. A strong dedication to fostering the creation and assimilation of an evidence-based practice culture within the physical therapy profession is a cornerstone of Evidence In Motion’s mission. They have put in place evidence-based practice treatment pathways in many facilities and aims to promote the global sharing of information and ideas, thus advancing evidence-based physical therapy practice, research and education around the world. Evidence In Motion offers Continuing Education, Certifications, Residencies, a Fellowship Program, a Musculoskeletal Postprofessional DPT, and an Executive Program in Private Practice Management with optional Postprofessional DPT. For more information, please visit EvidenceInMotion.com. You can also find Evidence In Motion on Facebook and Twitter, @EIMTeam.

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