Achieve expertise in your practice by earning board certification through one of the AOA’s 18 specialty certifying boards.

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Types of Certification
Primary Certification

Physicians earn primary board certification by meeting requirements in a specified field of medical practice under the jurisdiction of a certifying board.

Types of Certification
Subspecialty Certification

Subspecialty certification is a modification of a primary certificate to reflect at least one year of additional training and satisfactory completion of a certifying exam.

Types of Certification
Certification of Added Qualifications

Issued solely by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, a Certification of Added Qualifications (CAQ) is a subspecialty certification obtained under AOBFP's jurisdiction.

Physicians earn primary board certification by meeting requirements in a specified field of medical practice under the jurisdiction of a certifying board.

Subspecialty certification is a modification of a primary certificate to reflect at least one year of additional training and satisfactory completion of a certifying exam.

Issued solely by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, a Certification of Added Qualifications (CAQ) is a subspecialty certification obtained under AOBFP's jurisdiction.

Becoming AOA Board Certified Certifying Boards

  • Board-eligible status begins upon completion of your training program and terminates Dec. 31 of the sixth year after you complete training.
  • You must meet all application and examination requirements defined for primary or subspecialty certification through your specialty certifying board.
  • Upon successful completion of all required exam components, you will receive notification from the AOA once certification has been approved.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to high quality patient care and excellence in your specialty throughout your entire career through OCC.

Requirements for Certification

1. Osteopathic Medical School

You must be a graduate of an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine.

2. Licensure

You must hold an active license to practice in a state or territory. If you have an unrestricted license, you may petition a specialty certifying board in order to enter the certification or recertification process based upon a review of the restriction.

3. Ethics

You must follow the AOA Code of Ethics.

4. AOA Membership

You must be a member (in good standing) of the AOA or the Canadian Osteopathic Association at the time of application.

5. Specialty Requirements

You must meet any specialty-specific requirements for board certification, which may include training and/or documented professional experience.

6. Exams

You must pass all required certification examinations, which may include written, oral and/or clinical practice components.