OCS Exam Question Distribution

The OCS Exam consists of approximately 200 questions. The number of questions on the examination will be approximately distributed according to the following body regions and content areas.

Cranial/Mandibular (10 Questions)

  • Anatomy and Physiology: 1
  • Movement Science: 1
  • Pathophysiology: 1
  • Ortho Medical/Surgical Interventions: 1
  • Evidence Based Orthopaedic Theory and Practice: 1
  • Critical Inquiry/Evidence Based Practice: 1
  • Examination: 2
  • Procedural Interventions: 2

Cervical Spine (30 questions)

  • Anatomy and Physiology: 3
  • Movement Science: 3
  • Pathophysiology: 3
  • Ortho Medical/Surgical Interventions: 3
  • Evidence Based Orthopaedic Theory and Practice: 3
  • Critical Inquiry/Evidence Based Practice: 3
  • Examination: 6
  • Procedural Interventions: 6

Thoracic Spine/Ribs (10 Questions)

  • Anatomy and Physiology: 3
  • Movement Science: 1
  • Pathophysiology: 1
  • Ortho Medical/Surgical Interventions: 1
  • Evidence Based Orthopaedic Theory and Practice: 1
  • Critical Inquiry/Evidence Based Practice: 1
  • Examination: 2
  • Procedural Interventions: 2

Lumbar Spine (40 Questions)

  • Anatomy and Physiology: 3
  • Movement Science: 4
  • Pathophysiology: 4
  • Ortho Medical/Surgical Interventions: 4
  • Evidence Based Orthopaedic Theory and Practice: 4
  • Critical Inquiry/Evidence Based Practice: 4
  • Examination: 8
  • Procedural Interventions: 8

Shoulder/Shoulder Girdle (30 questions)

  • Anatomy and Physiology: 3
  • Movement Science: 3
  • Pathophysiology: 3
  • Ortho Medical/Surgical Interventions: 3
  • Evidence Based Orthopaedic Theory and Practice: 3
  • Critical Inquiry/Evidence Based Practice: 3
  • Examination: 6
  • Procedural Interventions: 6

Elbow/Arm (10 Questions)

  • Anatomy and Physiology: 1
  • Movement Science: 1
  • Pathophysiology: 1
  • Ortho Medical/Surgical Interventions: 1
  • Evidence Based Orthopaedic Theory and Practice: 1
  • Critical Inquiry/Evidence Based Practice: 1
  • Examination: 2
  • Procedural Interventions: 2

Wrist/Hand (10 Questions)

  • Anatomy and Physiology: 1
  • Movement Science: 1
  • Pathophysiology: 1
  • Ortho Medical/Surgical Interventions: 1
  • Evidence Based Orthopaedic Theory and Practice: 1
  • Critical Inquiry/Evidence Based Practice: 1
  • Examination: 2
  • Procedural Interventions: 2

Pelvic Girdle/Sacroiliac/Coccyx/Abdomen (10 Questions)

  • Anatomy and Physiology: 1
  • Movement Science: 1
  • Pathophysiology: 1
  • Ortho Medical/Surgical Interventions: 1
  • Evidence Based Orthopaedic Theory and Practice: 1
  • Critical Inquiry/Evidence Based Practice: 1
  • Examination: 2
  • Procedural Interventions: 2

Hip (10 Questions)

  • Anatomy and Physiology: 1
  • Movement Science: 1
  • Pathophysiology: 1
  • Ortho Medical/Surgical Interventions: 1
  • Evidence Based Orthopaedic Theory and Practice: 1
  • Critical Inquiry/Evidence Based Practice: 1
  • Examination: 2
  • Procedural Interventions: 2

Thigh/Knee (20 Questions)

  • Anatomy and Physiology: 2
  • Movement Science: 2
  • Pathophysiology: 2
  • Ortho Medical/Surgical Interventions: 2
  • Evidence Based Orthopaedic Theory and Practice: 2
  • Critical Inquiry/Evidence Based Practice: 2
  • Examination: 4
  • Procedural Interventions: 4

Leg/Ankle/Foot (20 Questions)

  • Anatomy and Physiology: 2
  • Movement Science: 2
  • Pathophysiology: 2
  • Ortho Medical/Surgical Interventions: 2
  • Evidence Based Orthopaedic Theory and Practice: 2
  • Critical Inquiry/Evidence Based Practice: 2
  • Examination: 4
  • Procedural Interventions: 4

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