An ABC Certified Prosthetist Orthotist is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained to manage comprehensive prosthetic and orthotic patient care. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management.
Prosthetic care may include, but is not limited to, patient evaluation, prosthesis design, fabrication, fitting and modification to treat limb loss for purposes of restoring physiological function and/or cosmesis.
Orthotic care may include, but is not limited to, patient evaluation, orthosis design, fabrication, fitting and modification to treat a neuromusculoskeletal disorder or acquired condition. This includes the provision of partial foot prostheses for transmetatarsal and more distal amputations.
The ABC Certified Prosthetist Orthotist is bound by the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility which is enforced by a Professional Discipline program.
The time limited certification expires if the certificate holder does not comply with Continuing Education requirements.
Criteria to earn this badge
Current eligibility criteria for the ABC Certified Prosthetist Orthotist includes:
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in orthotics and prosthetics from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program
• Completion of a National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) accredited residency
• Passing score on the written, written simulation and clinical patient management exams
For specific details on the eligibility criteria or scope of practice associated with the Certified Prosthetist Orthotist, please click the criteria link below: