OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

View Your OCC Requirements

The following list outlines OCC requirements for AOA Board Certification issued by the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry (AOBNP). You can view your status for each OCC component at any time by logging into your AOA Physician Portal.

Select the expiration date for your initial certification or recertification:

Expired in 2021

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

You must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory. 

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

Your AOBNP CME requirements for the 2022–24 Certification CME cycle are:

  • Time-limited diplomates: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A CME.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC: 120 CME credits over three years; 30 must be category 1-A CME.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment/Longitudinal Assessment):

If your primary certification in Neurology or Psychiatry expired in 2021:

If you hold a subspecialty AOBNP certification:

  • You are required to complete the traditional written OCC assessment exam for your certification based on the expiration date.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete one Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module or complete and submit the Quality Improvement Form during each 3-year OCC cycle. There are two options to complete Component 4:

  • Option 1: Submit an online Quality Improvement (QI) attestation form available through the AOA Physician Portal.
  • Option 2: Submit an online Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module by completing a chart review of 10 charts. Please note that the submission of chart review forms will not reflect in the AOA Physician Portal.
Expired in 2022

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

You must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory. 

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

Your AOBNP CME requirements for the 2022–24 Certification CME cycle are:

  • Time-limited diplomates: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A CME.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC: 120 CME credits over three years; 30 must be category 1-A CME.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment/Longitudinal Assessment):

If your primary certification in Neurology or Psychiatry expired in 2022:

If you hold a subspecialty AOBNP certification:

  • You are required to complete the traditional written OCC assessment exam for your certification based on the expiration date.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete one Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module or complete and submit the Quality Improvement Form during each 3-year OCC cycle. There are two options to complete Component 4:

  • Option 1: Submit an online Quality Improvement (QI) attestation form available through the AOA Physician Portal.
  • Option 2: Submit an online Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module by completing a chart review of 10 charts. Please note that the submission of chart review forms will not reflect in the AOA Physician Portal.
Expires in 2023

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

You must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory. 

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

Your AOBNP CME requirements for the 2022–24 Certification CME cycle are:

  • Time-limited diplomates: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A CME.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC: 120 CME credits over three years; 30 must be category 1-A CME.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment/Longitudinal Assessment):

If your primary certification in Neurology or Psychiatry expires in 2023:

If you hold a subspecialty AOBNP certification:

  • You are required to complete the traditional written OCC assessment exam for your certification based on the expiration date.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete one Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module or complete and submit the Quality Improvement Form during each 3-year OCC cycle. There are two options to complete Component 4:

  • Option 1: Submit an online Quality Improvement (QI) attestation form available through the AOA Physician Portal.
  • Option 2: Submit an online Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module by completing a chart review of 10 charts. Please note that the submission of chart review forms will not reflect in the AOA Physician Portal.
Expires in 2024

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

You must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory. 

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

Your AOBNP CME requirements for the 2022–24 Certification CME cycle are:

  • Time-limited diplomates: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A CME.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC: 120 CME credits over three years; 30 must be category 1-A CME.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment/Longitudinal Assessment):

If your primary certification in Neurology or Psychiatry expires in 2024:

If you hold a subspecialty AOBNP certification:

  • You are required to complete the traditional written OCC assessment exam for your certification based on the expiration date.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete one Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module or complete and submit the Quality Improvement Form during each 3-year OCC cycle. There are two options to complete Component 4:

  • Option 1: Submit an online Quality Improvement (QI) attestation form available through the AOA Physician Portal.
  • Option 2: Submit an online Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module by completing a chart review of 10 charts. Please note that the submission of chart review forms will not reflect in the AOA Physician Portal.
Expires in 2025

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

You must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory. 

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

Your AOBNP CME requirements for the 2022–24 Certification CME cycle are:

  • Time-limited diplomates: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A CME.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC: 120 CME credits over three years; 30 must be category 1-A CME.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment/Longitudinal Assessment):

If your primary certification in Neurology or Psychiatry expires in 2025:

If you hold a subspecialty AOBNP certification:

  • You are required to complete the traditional written OCC assessment exam for your certification based on the expiration date.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete one Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module or complete and submit the Quality Improvement Form during each 3-year OCC cycle. There are two options to complete Component 4:

  • Option 1: Submit an online Quality Improvement (QI) attestation form available through the AOA Physician Portal.
  • Option 2: Submit an online Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module by completing a chart review of 10 charts. Please note that the submission of chart review forms will not reflect in the AOA Physician Portal.
Expires in 2026

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

You must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory. 

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

Your AOBNP CME requirements for the 2022–24 Certification CME cycle are:

  • Time-limited diplomates: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A CME.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC: 120 CME credits over three years; 30 must be category 1-A CME.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment/Longitudinal Assessment):

If your primary certification in Neurology or Psychiatry expires in 2026:

If you hold a subspecialty AOBNP certification:

  • You are required to complete the traditional written OCC assessment exam for your certification based on the expiration date.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete one Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module or complete and submit the Quality Improvement Form during each 3-year OCC cycle. There are two options to complete Component 4:

  • Option 1: Submit an online Quality Improvement (QI) attestation form available through the AOA Physician Portal.
  • Option 2: Submit an online Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module by completing a chart review of 10 charts. Please note that the submission of chart review forms will not reflect in the AOA Physician Portal.
Expires in 2027

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

You must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory. 

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

Your AOBNP CME requirements for the 2022–24 Certification CME cycle are:

  • Time-limited diplomates: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A CME.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC: 120 CME credits over three years; 30 must be category 1-A CME.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment/Longitudinal Assessment):

If your primary certification in Neurology or Psychiatry expires in 2027:

If you hold a subspecialty AOBNP certification:

  • You are required to complete the traditional written OCC assessment exam for your certification based on the expiration date.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete one Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module or complete and submit the Quality Improvement Form during each 3-year OCC cycle. There are two options to complete Component 4:

  • Option 1: Submit an online Quality Improvement (QI) attestation form available through the AOA Physician Portal.
  • Option 2: Submit an online Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module by completing a chart review of 10 charts. Please note that the submission of chart review forms will not reflect in the AOA Physician Portal.
Expires in 2028

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

You must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory. 

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

Your AOBNP CME requirements for the 2022–24 Certification CME cycle are:

  • Time-limited diplomates: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A CME.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC: 120 CME credits over three years; 30 must be category 1-A CME.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment/Longitudinal Assessment):

If your primary certification in Neurology or Psychiatry expires in 2028:

If you hold a subspecialty AOBNP certification:

  • You are required to complete the traditional written OCC assessment exam for your certification based on the expiration date.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete one Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module or complete and submit the Quality Improvement Form during each 3-year OCC cycle. There are two options to complete Component 4:

  • Option 1: Submit an online Quality Improvement (QI) attestation form available through the AOA Physician Portal.
  • Option 2: Submit an online Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module by completing a chart review of 10 charts. Please note that the submission of chart review forms will not reflect in the AOA Physician Portal.
Expires in 2029

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

You must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory. 

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

Your AOBNP CME requirements for the 2022–24 Certification CME cycle are:

  • Time-limited diplomates: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A CME.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC: 120 CME credits over three years; 30 must be category 1-A CME.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment/Longitudinal Assessment):

If your primary certification in Neurology or Psychiatry expires in 2029:

If you hold a subspecialty AOBNP certification:

  • You are required to complete the traditional written OCC assessment exam for your certification based on the expiration date.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete one Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module or complete and submit the Quality Improvement Form during each 3-year OCC cycle. There are two options to complete Component 4:

  • Option 1: Submit an online Quality Improvement (QI) attestation form available through the AOA Physician Portal.
  • Option 2: Submit an online Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module by completing a chart review of 10 charts. Please note that the submission of chart review forms will not reflect in the AOA Physician Portal.
Expires in 2030

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

You must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory. 

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

Your AOBNP CME requirements for the 2022–24 Certification CME cycle are:

  • Time-limited diplomates: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A CME.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC: 120 CME credits over three years; 30 must be category 1-A CME.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment/Longitudinal Assessment):

If you received your initial certification in Neurology or Psychiatry in 2020:

If you hold a 10-year primary certification in Neurology or Psychiatry expiring in 2030:

If you hold a subspecialty AOBNP certification:

  • You are required to complete the traditional written OCC assessment exam for your certification based on the expiration date.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete one Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module or complete and submit the Quality Improvement Form during each 3-year OCC cycle. There are two options to complete Component 4:

  • Option 1: Submit an online Quality Improvement (QI) attestation form available through the AOA Physician Portal.
  • Option 2: Submit an online Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module by completing a chart review of 10 charts. Please note that the submission of chart review forms will not reflect in the AOA Physician Portal.
Expires in 2031

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

You must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory. 

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

Your AOBNP CME requirements for the 2022–24 Certification CME cycle are:

  • Time-limited diplomates: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A CME.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC: 120 CME credits over three years; 30 must be category 1-A CME.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment/Longitudinal Assessment):

If you received your initial certification in Neurology or Psychiatry in 2021:

If you hold a 10-year primary certification in Neurology or Psychiatry expiring in 2031:

If you hold a subspecialty AOBNP certification:

  • You are required to complete the traditional written OCC assessment exam for your certification based on the expiration date.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete one Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module or complete and submit the Quality Improvement Form during each 3-year OCC cycle. There are two options to complete Component 4:

  • Option 1: Submit an online Quality Improvement (QI) attestation form available through the AOA Physician Portal.
  • Option 2: Submit an online Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module by completing a chart review of 10 charts. Please note that the submission of chart review forms will not reflect in the AOA Physician Portal.
Expires in 2032

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

You must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory. 

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

Your AOBNP CME requirements for the 2022–24 Certification CME cycle are:

  • Time-limited diplomates: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A CME.
  • Non-time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC: 120 CME credits over three years; 30 must be category 1-A CME.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment/Longitudinal Assessment):

If your primary certification in Neurology or Psychiatry expires in 2032:

If you hold a subspecialty AOBNP certification:

  • You are required to complete the traditional written OCC assessment exam for your certification based on the expiration date.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete one Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module or complete and submit the Quality Improvement Form during each 3-year OCC cycle. There are two options to complete Component 4:

  • Option 1: Submit an online Quality Improvement (QI) attestation form available through the AOA Physician Portal.
  • Option 2: Submit an online Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module by completing a chart review of 10 charts. Please note that the submission of chart review forms will not reflect in the AOA Physician Portal.
ABMS Reciprocity

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

You must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory. 

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

The following CME requirements must be met for the 2022-24 Certification CME cycle:

  • Time-limited diplomates: 75 CME credits over three years; 18 must be category 1-A.

For additional information, including CME activity types, rules, and CME caps, view the CME Policies & Requirements.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment/Longitudinal Assessment):

The following activities are required for Component 3:

  • You must register for AOBNP’s Longitudinal Assessment annually beginning the year prior to the expiration year of your current AOBNP board certification.The expiration date of your current AOBNP certification is based on the expiration date of your ABPN certification when reciprocity was approved.

    A $175 fee will be assessed at the time of registration for the annual longitudinal assessment. View additional information regarding assessment structure and timeline.

Subspecialty ABMS reciprocity:

  • You are required to complete the traditional written OCC assessment exam for your certification based on the expiration date.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete one Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module or complete and submit a Quality Improvement Form during each 3-year OCC cycle. There are two options to complete Component 4:

  • Option 1: Submit an online Quality Improvement (QI) attestation form available through the AOA Physician Portal.
  • Option 2: Submit an online Practice Performance Assessment (PPA) module by completing a chart review of 10 charts. Please note that the submission of chart review forms will not reflect in the AOA Physician Portal.