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About American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics, Inc.

Serving the profession and the public for over 65 years, ABC is recognized as the premiere credentialing board for orthotics, prosthetics and pedorthics and represents the highest standards in the profession with more than 14,000 certified individuals and 6,000 accredited facilities.

ABC’s certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA.) In addition, ABC has been recognized for Category I recognition by the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) as having met the highest international educational standards for its Prosthetist Orthotist education and residency pathway. ABC is the only credentialing body in the United States to receive Category I recognition from ISPO.

ABC is a deemed authority by the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid and is recognized as the leading accrediting body by most major insurers and referral sources.

Badges issued by American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics, Inc.

Central Fabrication Accredited Facility

ABC Central Fabrication accreditation recognizes those orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic manufacturing facilities that have met rigorous standards for the physical environment and organizational function of these facilities. All ABC Accredited Central Fabrication facilities are bound by the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility which is enforced by a Professional Discipline program. The time limited accreditation expires every five years.

Certified Fitter-mastectomy

An ABC Certified Fitter-mastectomy is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained in the provision of breast prostheses and post-mastectomy items and services. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management. The ABC Certified Fitter-mastectomy 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.

Certified Fitter-orthotics

An ABC Certified Fitter-orthotics is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained in the provision of certain orthoses. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management. An ABC Certified Fitter-orthotics is competent to practice orthotics within a scope of practice that is specific to fitting certain custom fitted, prefabricated and off-the-shelf orthoses as describe in more detail in the scope of practice. The ABC Certified Fitter-Orthotics 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.

Certified Fitter-Orthotics Mastectomy

An ABC Certified Fitter-orthotics mastectomy is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained in the provision of certain orthoses as well as breast prostheses, post-mastectomy items and services. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management. The ABC Certified Fitter-orthotics mastectomy 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.

Certified Fitter-therapeutic shoes

An ABC Certified Fitter-therapeutic shoes is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained to provide non-custom therapeutic shoes and non-custom multi-density inserts. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management. The ABC Certified Fitter-therapeutic shoes 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.

Certified Orthotic Assistant

An ABC Certified Orthotic Assistant is an individual educated and trained to participate in comprehensive orthotic care while under the supervision of an ABC Certified Orthotist, including performing orthotic procedures and related tasks in the management of patient care. The initial evaluation and formulation of the treatment plan is the responsibility of the supervising orthotist. The Certified Orthotic Assistant may also fabricate, repair and maintain orthoses but may not use their credentials as independent providers of patient care. The ABC Certified Orthotic Assistant 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.

Certified Orthotic Technician

An ABC Certified Orthotic Technician is an individual trained and qualified to assist an ABC credentialed individual by providing technical support. ABC Certified Orthotic Technicians may not use their credentials as independent providers of patient care. The Certified Orthotic Technician fabricates, repairs and maintains orthoses and is proficient with current fabricating techniques, familiar with material properties and skilled in the use of appropriate equipment. The ABC Certified Orthotic Technician 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.

Certified Orthotist

An ABC Certified Orthotist is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained to manage comprehensive orthotic patient care. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management. 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 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.

Certified Pedorthist

An ABC Certified Pedorthist is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained to manage comprehensive pedorthic patient care. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management. ABC Certified Pedorthist’s fit, fabricate, adjust or modify pedorthic devices for the prevention or amelioration of painful and/or disabling conditions of the foot and ankle. The ABC Certified Pedorthist 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.

Certified Prosthetic Assistant

An ABC Certified Prosthetic Assistant is an individual educated and trained to participate in comprehensive prosthetic care while under the supervision of an ABC Certified Prosthetist. Under supervision a Certified Prosthetic Assistant may perform prosthetic procedures and related tasks in the management of patient care as well as fabrication, repair and maintenance of prostheses. ABC Certified Prosthetic Assistants may not use their credentials as independent providers of patient care. The ABC Certified Prosthetic Assistant 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.

Certified Prosthetic-Orthotic Assistant

An ABC Certified Prosthetic-Orthotic Assistant is an individual educated and trained to participate in comprehensive orthotic and/or prosthetic care while under the supervision of an ABC Certified Orthotist and/or ABC Certified Prosthetist. Under supervision a Certified Prosthetic-Orthotic Assistant may perform orthotic and/or prosthetic procedures and related tasks in the management of patient care. The initial evaluation and formulation of the treatment plan is the responsibility of the supervising orthotist and/or prosthetist. The Certified Prosthetic-Orthotic Assistant may also fabricate, repair and maintain orthoses and/or prostheses. ABC Certified Prosthetic-Orthotic Assistants may not use their credentials as independent providers of patient care. The ABC Certified Prosthetic-Orthotic Assistant 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.

Certified Prosthetic-Orthotic Technician

An ABC Certified Prosthetic-Orthotic Technician is an individual trained and qualified to assist an ABC credentialed individual by providing technical support. ABC Certified Prosthetic-Orthotic Technicians may not use their credentials as independent providers of patient care. The Certified Prosthetic-Orthotic Technician fabricates, repairs and maintains orthoses and/or prostheses, is proficient with current fabricating techniques, familiar with material properties and skilled in the use of appropriate equipment. The ABC Certified Prosthetic-Orthotic Technician 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.

Certified Prosthetic Technician

An ABC Certified Prosthetic Technician is an individual trained and qualified to assist an ABC credentialed individual by providing technical support. ABC Certified Prosthetic Technicians may not use their credentials as independent providers of patient care. The Certified Prosthetic Technician fabricates, repairs and maintains prostheses and is proficient with current fabricating techniques, familiar with material properties and skilled in the use of appropriate equipment. The ABC Certified Prosthetic Technician 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.

Certified Prosthetist

An ABC Certified Prosthetist is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained to manage comprehensive prosthetic 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. The ABC Certified Prosthetist 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.

Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist

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.

Comprehensive O&P Accredited Facility

ABC Comprehensive O&P accreditation recognizes those orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic patient care facilities that promote the best patient care and business practices in the profession. ABC accredited facilities are subject to an extensive on-site survey process. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and many third-party health insurers require that patient care facilities be accredited. All ABC Accredited O&P facilities are bound by the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility which is enforced by a Professional Discipline program. The time limited accreditation expires every three years and facilities are resurveyed at that time.

Mastectomy Accredited Facility

ABC Mastectomy accreditation recognizes those mastectomy patient care facilities that promote the best patient care and business practices in the profession. ABC accredited facilities are subject to an extensive on-site survey process. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and many third-party health insurers require that patient care facilities be accredited. All ABC Accredited Mastectomy facilities are bound by the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility which is enforced by a Professional Discipline program. The time limited accreditation expires every three years and facilities are resurveyed at that time.

Orthotic Accredited Facility

ABC Orthotic accreditation recognizes those orthotic patient care facilities that promote the best patient care and business practices in the profession. ABC accredited facilities are subject to an extensive on-site survey process. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and many third-party health insurers require that patient care facilities be accredited. All ABC Accredited Orthotic facilities are bound by the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility which is enforced by a Professional Discipline program. The time limited accreditation expires every three years and facilities are resurveyed at that time.

Pedorthic Accredited Facility

ABC Pedorthic accreditation recognizes those pedorthic patient care facilities that promote the best patient care and business practices in the profession. ABC accredited facilities are subject to an extensive on-site survey process. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and many third-party health insurers require that patient care facilities be accredited. All ABC Accredited Pedorthic facilities are bound by the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility which is enforced by a Professional Discipline program. The time limited accreditation expires every three years and facilities are resurveyed at that time.

Prosthetic Accredited Facility

ABC Prosthetic accreditation recognizes those prosthetic patient care facilities that promote the best patient care and business practices in the profession. ABC accredited facilities are subject to an extensive on-site survey process. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and many third-party health insurers require that patient care facilities be accredited. All ABC Accredited Prosthetic facilities are bound by the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility which is enforced by a Professional Discipline program. The time limited accreditation expires every three years and facilities are resurveyed at that time.