Single Discipline Pathway FAQs

 Application Process

​How do I apply?

You must apply using the online application. Links can be found in the Application tab or the Apply Now button on the right navigation pane.  

You must use your login information provided to you by NCOPE at the completion of your residency program. 

What if I missed the application deadline?  Can I still apply?

You can apply after the application deadline up to thirty days. You will be required to pay the $75 late fee.

I forgot my login information. How do I obtain it?

You can reset your login information by clicking Forgot your login id? If you need further assistance, contact Heather Harris at (703) 836-7114 ext. 232 or heather@abcop.org.

​How do I determine my application status?

We will send via email and mail a notice of your eligibility status within four weeks of receiving your application. Check your application status by logging in to your MY ABC account.  ​

 Residency and Application Dates

My residency end date is after the deadline for my desired exam cycle. Am I still eligible for that cycle? 

No, your residency end date must be on or before the residency deadline.

How will ABC know when my residency is complete? 

NCOPE will provide confirmation of your residency completion to ABC.

What if I am unable to complete my residency requirements by the residency deadline for my desired exam cycle? 

Your application will be denied for that cycle.  ABC will defer your exam fees to one subsequent cycle.   


What do I submit with my application?

You must submit the following documents with your application:

  • Official baccalaureate or higher degree transcript. To apply for both disciplines at the same time, only submit one transcript.
  • O&P program certificates or transcripts, if applicable.

To extend my credential, do I have to submit my transcripts again?

No. We will reference your previous application if it was submitted within the last seven years. You do need to submit a copy of your program certificate, if applicable.

My education was earned outside of the United States. What do I need to submit?

A credential evaluation from the World Education Service (WES).

How do I submit my transcript, certificate or evaluation?

Transcripts must be provided to ABC within thirty days after the application deadline using one of the following methods:

  • Transcripts or WES Evaluations:  Can be uploaded directly to your online application dashboard in the “Degree” tab.
  • O&P Program Certificates:  Can be uploaded directly to your online application dashboard in the “Certificate Program” tab.

What if I don’t yet have my transcript, certificate or evaluation on the application deadline?

If we don’t receive your transcript in that thirty days, your application will be denied.​

 Required Fees

​​What fees do I submit with my application?

Both the application and exam fees are due with your application. The application fee is non-refundable.  

To extend my credential, do I submit another application fee?
Yes, both fees for the second credential are due when you apply.

I'm an 18-month resident, do I submit an application fee for each credential?
Yes, application fees are required for each discipline. You must also submit two separate applications if you are applying for orthotics and prosthetics at the same time. 

 Exam Prep

​Do you provide exam prep materials?

Yes. Practitioner exam prep materials​ are available to all candidates including a test content outline, practice analysis of the O&P profession, sample exam questions, exam references and a recommended reading list. Information on exam review courses, provided independently of ABC, is also available.​

 After the Exam

When will I receive my exam results?

For the written and simulation exams, you will receive a preliminary score on screen when you finish your exam. An email will also be sent to you within 24 hours from Prometric. Your official score report will be sent to you in four weeks.

CPM exam results are available approximately four weeks after the exam.

If I fail my exam, when can I re-take it?

You may immediately register for the next available exam cycle.

How many times can I take the exam?

Once your initial application is approved, you are provided with a three-year eligibility window in which you are allowed four attempts at the exam.

What happens if I've failed the exam four times?

If you have failed the exam four times or if your eligibility period has expired, you must reapply for eligibility. 

If I passed all of my exams, when will I receive my certificate?

Certificates are mailed six weeks after the conclusion of the exam cycle.

How do I maintain my certification?

Once you are certified, you have a five-year certification cycle in which you must earn continuing education credits and submit an annual fee. Click here for information on practitioner continuing education credit requirements.

How much is my annual fee and when is it due?

Your annual fee is $275 and is due by December 1st. Your first year fee will be prorated.