Board Eligibility

A candidate has six (6) years following the completion of residency training or completion of the practice requirement to apply for Board Eligible status from the AOBPa. To be eligible to receive certification from the American Osteopathic Board of Pathology, the applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • The applicant must be a graduate of an AOA accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
  • The applicant must be licensed to practice in the state or territory where his/her practice is conducted.
  • The applicant must be a member in good standing of the American Osteopathic Association or the Canadian Osteopathic Association for the two (2) years immediately prior to the date of certification and is encouraged to be a member of a state or divisional society.
  • The applicant must have satisfactorily completed an AOA-approved internship or training equivalent to an internship as determined by the COPT.
  • The applicant must be able to show evidence of conformity to the standards set forth in the AOA Code of Ethics.

Specialty Training Requirements

  • To be eligible for certification in anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine, a period of not less than four years (4) years of AOA-approved training in anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine.
  • To be eligible for certification in anatomic pathology or laboratory medicine, a period of three (3) years of AOA-approved training in specialty shall be required after the required one (1) year of internship.
  • To be eligible for certification in forensic pathology, the candidate must have a period of two (2) years or more in anatomic pathology, an AOA-approved formal course of study in forensic pathology will require two (2) years. One year of an AOA-approved internship shall be required. After completion of formal course of study in forensic pathology, candidate is eligible to take the anatomic pathology certification examination. Certification in anatomic pathology is a requirement to apply for the forensic pathology certification examination. The candidate should be certified in either Anatomic pathology or combined anatomic pathology/laboratory medicine and have completed a fellowship in an approved forensic pathology program of at least one year.

Required Documents

  • Completed application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Application fee (non-refundable)
  • DO degree diploma
  • Current state licenses (include statement detailing any and all restriction on your license in the state in which you practice)
  • AOA-approved internship
  • AOA-approved residency

For ABP Certified Physicians Seeking AOBPa Certification
If you obtained Board Certification by the American Board of Pathology and are interested in pursuing Board Certification by the AOBPa, you may be able to obtain eligibility for the AOBPa examinations through AOA’s Resolution 56, which grants eligibility to ABMS-certified osteopathic physicians. Click here for the application.