Transfer to NCOPE National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)

Resident Responsibilities

NCOPE Residents have specific responsibilities, which are identified in the Standards of Accreditation for the Orthotic/Prosthetic Residency Program (PDF). The Resident assumes these responsibilities which include the following over the period of their residency:

Register with NCOPE as a Resident prior to the start of their residency program. (Registering 2 weeks prior to the residency start date is required and up to 30 days in advance is recommended). The following registration materials must be provided to NCOPE within 30 days after beginning your residency if not included with the registration form:

  • Sealed official Master’s Orthotics & Prosthetics transcripts from the college or university which conferred your degree

Transcripts can be sent directly to NCOPE from the school, but must be received within 30 days after beginning your residency

Copy of certificate of completion from CAAHEP accredited Bachelor’s degree in Orthotics & Prosthetics or post-baccalaureate program in Orthotics and/or Prosthetics (if applicable).

Effective July 1, 2018, NCOPE will no longer register prospective Residents who have a Bachelor’s degree in Orthotics & Prosthetics or post-baccalaureate certificate in Orthotics and/or Prosthetics. This is due to ABC changing their educational eligibility criteria for completed Practitioner Residents to be eligible to sit for board certification exams. Effective January 1, 2020, ABC will no longer accept practitioner certification candidates with a bachelor’s degree or certificate in O&P. This means that individuals who graduated from Bachelor’s or certificate O&P Practitioner educational programs have until December 31, 2019 to complete their residency and submit their certification application to ABC.

  • Registration Fee of $1800 dollars (12-month single discipline residency)
  • Registration Fee of $3600 dollars (18-month dual discipline residency)

NCOPE accepts payment by check, money order or by credit card. Please note that credit card payments will be assessed a convenience fee to the total amount due. $41.25 will be added to the $1800 dollar 12-month single discipline residency registration fee and $82.50 will be added to the $3,600 dollar 18-month dual discipline residency registration fee. NCOPE does not offer a payment plan.

  • Clinical hours must be complete prior to the start of a resident’s program.

If your education program has you document back the clinical hours (250) prior to the award of your certificate, your residency will not start until after those hours are complete. This applies to a single discipline 12-month residency, or 18-month dual residency

  • The resident must complete one residency prior to beginning an additional residency (this only applies to 12-month single discipline residency)

A site must be accredited with NCOPE for an 18-month O & P residency program in order to register a resident for this residency

  • The resident must participate in patient care, under supervision, commensurate with his/her level of advancement and responsibility and adhere to policies and procedures of the residency site (reference Standard 5.2)
  • The resident must adhere to ABC’s Code of Professional Responsibility
  • The resident must maintain their procedure log online using NCOPE’s current residency tracking system (i.e., Typhon Group)
  • Submit quarterly requirements and other forms to NCOPE within 2 weeks but no later than 30 days of the completion of that particular quarter in the electronic residency tracking system.
  • The program must be evaluated by the resident quarterly using the evaluation form titled Resident’s Quarterly Evaluation of Residency.
  • Submit the final resident’s evaluation of the residency program and final research project (if Research & Development Track) at the conclusion of the residency program.

It is the responsibility of the resident and resident director/mentor, to assure that NCOPE has received evaluation forms. However, the resident is responsible for making sure NCOPE receives his or her own registration form

All requirements, including any outstanding payments, must be submitted to NCOPE before you will be eligible to take certification exams

In the event a residency is terminated prematurely or placed on hold, the resident must notify Dominique Mungo, Director of Residency Program Services, to obtain and submit a Resident Notification of Incomplete Residency Form and a Resident’s Evaluation of Residency Form. NCOPE will also review the resident’s Patient log utilizing the electronic residency tracking system.

  • At the conclusion of the residency, the resident must submit the Resident’s Final Evaluation of Residency Form
  • If resident has chosen Research & Development track, submission of completed directed study research is required at the conclusion of the residency by uploading it as an external document to the electronic residency tracking system
  • If the resident has chosen Clinical track, quarterly submissions documenting activity must be uploaded quarterly as an external document utilizing the electronic residency tracking system to receive credit

Clinical Track Residency Guidelines

Research and Development Guidelines

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