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Certified Orthotic Assistant

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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.

Criteria to earn this badge

Current eligibility criteria for the ABC Certified Orthotic Assistant includes:

• High school diploma, GED or college degree
• Successful completion of three semester hours each of the following courses. Each course must be from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
o Human Anatomy
o General/Fundamental Physics
o Medical Terminology
• One year (1,900 hours) of clinical experience under the supervision of an ABC Certified Orthotist.
• Passing score on the written exam

For specific details on the eligibility criteria or scope of practice associated with the Certified Orthotic Assistant, please click on the criteria link below.

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