The residency is the second half of an individual's education and advancement towards becoming an O&P professional. Upon graduation from a CAAHEP accredited O&P program, individuals wanting to pursue certification at the practitioner level must attend an NCOPE accredited residency program. 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.
Residents should expect and receive sufficient variety and volume of adequate exposure in orthotics and/or prosthetics in three primary areas: pediatrics, adult and geriatrics. The Standards identify required experiences in common O&P treatment modalities and competencies to be attained prior to completion.
- Clinical Track Residency Guidelines
- NCOPE Resident Status Reports Are Now Online
- Instructions for Viewing Your Status Report Online
- Research and Development Guidelines
- Resident Responsibilities
- Resident Timeline
- States with O&P Licensure
It is the responsibility of the resident to become familiar with any State Licensure Acts prior to accepting a position in a State with Licensure. Some States have specific requirements for residents.
To request verification of completion of residency(ies), please complete this form and return to NCOPE with payment and allow up to two weeks for processing.
Credit Card Payments are also accepted.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Joan M. Dallas, Residency Program Coordinator & Accreditation Assistant at ext. 203 or by email at