Residency programs contribute to the continuing education of future O&P professionals. These programs provide students with a structured experience by complying with the established standards and guidelines. It is during the residency program that individuals gain the clinical training and experience needed to balance their primary education with experience to generate the best practitioner possible.
NCOPE carries out its accreditation mission by serving as the deliberative body through which standards for residency programs as well as procedures for accreditation are established.
NCOPE's accreditation process is a valuable service to students, the education and residency programs, the profession and the public.
General Policies Overview for Accreditation
- The National Commission on Orthotic & Prosthetic Education is an educational accreditor which functions to create standards and guidelines for orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic educational programs at the academic institution and post-graduate level, including residency education. States with licensure may have specific requirements, including length of residency, location of residency, and qualifications of residency director. It is the responsibility of the candidate and host/sponsor institution to comply with any state, regional, or federal regulations that supersede the NCOPE standards. To learn more about state licensing laws, please visit the American Board for Certification's licensing pages: www.abcop.org/State-Licensure/Pages/state-licensure.aspx
- Per NCOPE Standards of Accreditation for the Orthotics/Prosthetics Residency Program, completion of the NCOPE Residency Program Development Continuing Education Courses are required to be completed by both current and prospective NCOPE residency program directors and mentors.
- The current and prospective residency director must complete the "Course One: Preparation to be a Residency Program", "Course Two: Development of a Residency Program" and "Course Three: Assessment in the Residency Program" courses. Both current and prospective mentors at your residency program who evaluate and assess residents for competency utilizing NCOPE Tracker must complete the "Course Two: Development of a Residency Program" and "Course Three: Assessment in the Residency Program" courses. You may register for the courses by visiting the "Residency Directors & Mentors" menu at the top of your screen and selecting the "Online Residency Development" option.
- An O&P facility and any affiliate location(s) must be accredited by an organization that accredits Comprehensive Orthotic and Prosthetic Patient Care Services and Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited orthotic and prosthetic education for orthotists and prosthetists, in order to participate in the residency program
- Residents must have graduated from CAAHEP accredited programs or have a translation from the World Education Service (WES) that is equivalent to a bachelors degree
- The length of the residency is 12-months per discipline or blended O&P program at 18-months
- Residents must provide direct patient care but only under the supervision of a certified or licensed practitioner
- Program is responsible to impart expertise and promote competency of the resident by expecting them to meet or exceed the residency objectives