Orthotist & Prosthetist

What is an ABC Certified Practitioner?

An ABC Certified Orthotist and/or Prosthetist is a health care professional specifically educated and trained to manage comprehensive orthotic and/or prosthetic patient care. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management. Documentation by the orthotist and/or prosthetist is part of the patient’s medical record and assists with establishing medical necessity for orthotic and/or prosthetic care.

Scope of Practice

The ABC Certified Orthotist and Prosthetist Scope of Practice ​details the specific functions of certified practitioners. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of a treatment plan, follow-up and practice management.

Additionally, certified practitioners are required to support and conform to the  Code of Professional Responsibility which promotes and assures the overall welfare of the patient and the integrity of the profession.


You have a choice of pursuing a combined or single discipline pathway to achieve your practitioner certification. After you have met the requirements and passed the exam(s) along with the discipline specific Clinical Patient Management (CPM) exam, you will earn your Certified Orthotist (CO) or Certified Prosthetist (CP) credential. Once you have met the requirements and passed all of the certification exams for both disciplines, you will earn your Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO) credential.

International Recognition

The International Society for Prosthetics ​and Orthotics (ISPO) ​has awarded ABC and the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)​ Category I recognition.

The Category I recognition validates the ABC/NCOPE pathway for our Certified Prosthetist Orthotist certification program. With this recognition the ABC/NCOPE CPO pathway is recognized throughout the world as having met the highest international educational standards in existence today. We are the only credentialing body in the United States to receive Category I recognition from ISPO.

ABC Student/Resident Scholarships & Awards

ABC has several OP&P education and research scholarships available to help support and award outstanding young professionals. 

Visit Scholarships & Awards page

Find out what you can expect at the orthotic CPM exams

Find out what you can expect at the prosthetic CPM exams


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Stephen Fletcher, CPO, LPO

Director, Professional Credentialing

Directs ABC’s Professional Ethics, Certification, Scope of Practice and Government Relations programs. Manages all ABC’s certification exam development and administration activities. Facilitates coordination of professional/clinical issues across all ABC programs, including state licensure.

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Meg Hayes

Certification Program Assistant

Primary contact for: general certification and application inquiries and state licensure verification requests

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Tabita Whilden

Certification Technology Coordinator

Contact for: certification data management, assistance with certification verifications, exam registration and website assistance.

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Lauren Moran

Certification Candidate Coordinator

Contact for: certification program inquiries, certification application assistance and status and licensure examination inquiries.

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