Single Discipline Pathway FAQs


How do I know if I am eligible for the single discipline pathway? 

If you have a master’s degree in orthotics and prosthetics from a CAAHEP accredited program and completed a 12 or 18-month NCOPE residency program, you are eligible. 

Can I take the single discipline 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 can apply for eligibility. 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. 

 ​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. 

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.  ​ 


I want 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.  

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.  



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.   

I want to extend my credential. Do I submit another application and fee? 

Yes, both fees for the second credential are due when you apply.  

I'm an 18-month resident. Do I submit an application and 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. 

 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. You will also receive an email from Prometric within 24 hours. Your official score report will be sent to you in four weeks. 

CPM exam results will also be 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. Please reference the ABC Practitioner Candidate Guide for more information. 

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 much is my annual fee and when is it due? 

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