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Scope of Practice

Differentiating Scopes of Practice

January 2019

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Foreward

The Board of Directors of the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Inc., (ABC) developed this Orthotic, Prosthetic and Pedorthic Scope of Practice document for use by orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic professionals, consumers, members of the rehabilitation team, health care decision makers and legislative and regulatory officials. To write this consensus document, ABC used a variety of resources including:

  • The previous ABC Orthotics and Prosthetics Scope of Practice
  • The ABC Practice Analysis Studies for orthotists, prosthetists, pedorthists, orthotic fitters and technicians
  • Curriculum from a sampling of orthotic, prosthetic, pedorthic and fitter educational programs

This Orthotic, Prosthetic and Pedorthic Scope of Practice document defines several aspects of the orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic professions including the delineation of the scopes of practice and the specific responsibilities of ABC credentialed individuals.

The practice of orthotics, prosthetics and pedorthics occurs in various settings, including independent private orthotic, prosthetic or pedorthic practices, hospitals, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities, rural outreach clinics, home health settings, short term nursing facilities and long term care settings. ABC credentialed professionals play a critical role in the rehabilitation of individuals in need of orthotic, prosthetic or pedorthic care.

Any scope of practice document should be revised periodically, and it is the intent of ABC to revise this document as the practice of orthotics, prosthetics and pedorthics evolves.

This publication represents the shared efforts of many dedicated individuals. ABC is grateful for the commitment of the committee members and staff that devoted their time and effort to this project.

Larry Word, CPO, FAAOP                                                                                                                                          President