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Written Exam


The following training requirements must be completed before a candidate may sit for the Written Exam for subspecialty certification in Emergency Medical Services.

  • Be a diplomate of the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine.
  • Have completed an AOA-recognized training program in Emergency Medical Services.
  • Hold an active license to practice emergency medicine in the state or territory where you practice before and during the certification process.
  • Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrate eligibility for examination in any other manner required by the board.

Exam Fees

An exam fee of $600 must be submitted with your completed application. No application will be considered complete until all fees have been paid. The application deadline will be set 90 days before the exam administration.

Exam Dates & Deadlines

The Written Exam in Emergency Medical Services is offered in November each year at the AOA’s office in downtown Chicago. The application period opens 3-4 months prior to the exam administration date. After applying, candidates will receive further instructions.

Exam Content Outline

The exam is in a multiple choice format, with most questions directing candidates to choose the one best answer among five possible answers. Candidates will have three hours to answer 150 questions.

Exam Scoring

The AOBEM sets passing standards for the Written Exam using a measurement model known as “criterion-referenced standard setting.” Using this model, the board specifies the particular content and level of content difficulty necessary to be considered a passing candidate. All examination results will be reviewed by the board. Results will be released electronically through the AOBEM’s application portal.