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ABC Model Practice Act

January 2015

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Section 10. Qualifications for Licensure as Assistants, Fitters and Technicians

(a) To qualify for a license to practice as an assistant a person shall:

(1) Possess a high school diploma or GED;

(2) Present evidence satisfactory to the Board that the applicant has completed an education program, including courses in the anatomical, biological and physical sciences as prescribed and adopted by the Board;

(3) Complete 1,900 hours of experience in orthotics and/or prosthetics as approved by the Board; and

(4) Pass all examinations that are required and approved by the Board.

(b) To qualify for a license to practice as an orthotic fitter a person shall:

(1) Possess a high school diploma or GED;

(2) Complete an NCOPE approved orthotic fitter course;

(3) Complete 1,000 hours of experience in orthotic fitting as approved by the Board; and

(4) Pass all examinations that are required and approved by the Board.

(c) To qualify for a license to practice as a mastectomy fitter a person shall:

(1) Possess a high school diploma or GED;

(2) Complete an NCOPE approved mastectomy fitter course;

(3) Complete 500 hours of mastectomy fitting experience as approved by the Board; and

(4)  Pass all examinations that are required and approved by the Board.

(d) To qualify for a license to practice as a therapeutic shoe fitter a person shall:

(1) Possess a high school diploma or GED;

(2) Complete an NCOPE approved therapeutic shoe fitter course;

(3) Complete 250 hours of therapeutic shoe fitting experience as approved by the Board; and

(4) Pass all examinations that are required and approved by the Board.

(e) To qualify for a license to practice as an orthotic and/or prosthetic technician a person shall:

(1) Possess a high school diploma or GED;

(2) Either;

(A) Complete an NCOPE approved orthotic and/or prosthetic technician program; or

(B) Have two years of technician experience in the discipline seeking licensure under the direct supervision of an ABC certified or licensed  orthotist or prosthetist depending on the licensure discipline or in the case of employment at an orthotic and/or prosthetic central fabrication facility, supervision by an ABC certified technician; and

(3) Pass all examinations that are required and approved by the Board.