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
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.
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.
We have donated funds for two O&P young professional awards with the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF).
Awards $1,000 to ten exceptional O&P practitioner students each year. The funds are to cover educational expenses including tuition, lab and materials fees, books and/or computer time. For more details and to apply, visit the OPERF website.
Application Deadline: October 1
Awards $2,500 to four current residents (or practitioners who completed their residency in the last three years) who wish to present their Directed Study report or project at the Academy Annual Meeting. For more details and to apply, visit the OPERF website.
Application Deadline: August 1
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.Send Stephen an email
Certification Program Assistant
Primary contact for: general certification and application inquiries and state licensure verification requestsSend Meg an email
Certification Technology Coordinator
Contact for: certification data management, assistance with certification verifications, exam registration and website assistance.Send Tabita an email
Certification Candidate Coordinator
Contact for: certification program inquiries, certification application assistance and status and licensure examination inquiries.Send Lauren an email