The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists has updated the O&P Licensure Toolkit on its website. The O&P Licensure Toolkit is a comprehensive guide that provides a blueprint for state O&P licensure initiatives.
The Academy endorses state licensure of orthotists and prosthetists as the preferred method of establishing patient protection mechanisms through legislated state standards equivalent to those developed by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, according to a press release.
The updated Toolkit includes the results of a survey of its members in states with O&P licensure. This survey was designed to solicit information about licensure and its effects on O&P practice. A follow-up survey was sent to those individuals who were identified in the first survey as having played a role in the implementation of licensure within their state.
The Licensure Toolkit site includes a list of individuals who have volunteered to serve as licensure resources. These individuals were involved in the licensure process in their state and have agreed to share their experiences with others who may have a question about O&P licensure and the process for securing it.
According to a press release, the Academy appreciates the work of the Licensure Toolkit Committee for its continuing efforts on this project. Members of the committee include chair Robb Brown Jr., CPO, Bruce “Mac” McClellan, CPO, LPO, FISPO, and staff liaison Kimber Nation.
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