Orthotist & Prosthetist

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An Orthotist and/or Prosthetist is an allied health professional who manages comprehensive orthotic and/or prosthetic patient care, makes and fits orthoses and prostheses. O&P practitioners play an important role on the healthcare team.

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.

Credentials

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 Awards

We have donated funds for two O&P young professional awards with the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF).

The ABC Student Award for Academic Excellence 

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

 

The ABC Resident Travel Award

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

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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Lauren Moran

Certification Candidate Coordinator

Primary contact for: general certification inquiries, certification application assistance and status and licensure examination inquiries.

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Tabita Whilden

Certification Technology Coordinator

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

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