The Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC) released additional details regarding upcoming changes to the educational and experiential prerequisites for its orthotist and prosthetist certifications, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2013.
The new prerequisites include an education from a Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs accredited educational program, followed by a residency approved by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). When the new requirements take effect, BOC-accredited facilities will be eligible to serve as NCOPE-accredited residency sites, provided that they meet all other requirements established by NCOPE, according to a company press release.
“Applicants for our orthotist and prosthetist certifications who want to apply under the current requirements must meet current prerequisites and apply by December 31, 2012,” Jan paul Miller, MA, MEd, the director of certification for BOC, stated in the release. “Applicants who have not yet fulfilled the current requirements by year-end will not be ‘grandfathered in.’”
Current certificants are not affected by the change. For more information on eligibility requirements, visit www.bocusa.org.