Combined Discipline Written Exam Pathway FAQs


​How do I know if I am eligible for the combined written exam? 

If you have a master’s degree in orthotics and prosthetics from a CAAHEP accredited program, you are eligible. 

Do I have to complete an NCOPE residency program to apply for the combined exam? 

No. You may apply online for the combined written exam immediately after graduation. Check the application deadlines for your desired exam cycle. 

Can I take the exam if I am currently enrolled in an NCOPE residency program? 

Yes. You just need to have earned a master’s degree in O&P from a CAAHEP accredited program. 

Can I take the exam if I have a master’s in O&P AND I’ve also completed my NCOPE residency?  

Yes. If you are ultimately seeking a CPO credential, you can take the combined exam.   

When can I apply for the simulation and CPM exams? 

Once you have completed your residency for that discipline. You must apply for eligibility for these exams. Once approved, you will receive a new three-year eligibility period for these exams.​ 

 Application Process

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

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

 How do I determine my application status? 

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


What if I don’t have my transcript or evaluation before the application deadline? 

Your application will be denied for that cycle if we don’t receive your transcript within the thirty-day period.  


Please note:  This section is applicable only if you have applied for and/or have taken the Combined O&P Written Examination and have completed an NCOPE residency program.​ 

​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 exam cycle, but your exam fees will be deferred to one subsequent cycle of your choosing.    ​

 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.   

When you are eligible to sit for the discipline specific written and simulation exams, Application 2 and Application 3 fee(s) and the applicable exam fee(s) will be due at the time of submission.​ ​

 Exam Process

​If I applied for both disciplines during the same exam cycle, can I take all of my exams during the same day and/or cycle? 

Yes, you can take more than one exam on the same day, space and time permitting.

What if I register and then realize I can’t take the exam that day? 

You have up to thirty days prior to the exam date to cancel the exam without incurring a penalty. You will incur a $55 fee if you cancel less than thirty days. 

What if I forgot to register for my exam?  

You will forfeit your exam fee and be required to reapply for eligibility for the next available cycle.​ ​

 Exam Content

​​Is the combined exam simply a combination of the current single discipline written exams?

No. It is a new exam with its own test specifications. The single discipline exams are designed for candidates who have completed an NCOPE residency in that discipline. The combined exam is designed for candidates who have just graduated from a CAAHEP accredited master’s program.

 After the Exam

When will I receive my exam results?

For the written and simulation exams, you will receive an immediate on-screen score report when you finish your exam. Prometric will also email you an official score report within 24 hours. CPM exam results will also be available approximately four weeks after the exam.

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

You may immediately register for the next available exam cycle.

If I take the combined written exam and fail it, can I take the single discipline written exams in the future?

Yes. Once you have completed your residency, you can apply for the single discipline Written exams. You will be required to pay an additional application and exam fees.

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. Please reference the ABC Practitioner Candidate Guide for information.

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

​Certificates are mailed four weeks after the conclusion of the exam cycle.

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

​Your annual fee is $275 and is due December 1st. The fee for your first year will be prorated.