NCOPE board approves amendments to residency standards

The board of directors of the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education has approved amendments to its residency standards, according to a press release.

The amendments, which take effect July 1, focus on the supervision of resident practitioners and the use of a centralized application service.

According to the release, the principal changes include more explicit language defining the supervision of resident practitioners, which was modeled after the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics scope of practice. In July, residency programs will be required to use the Orthotic and Prosthetic Residency Centralized Application Service, which allows prospective residents and residency programs to connect and facilitate placement.

The National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) made the proposed changes available for public comment in the 2016, the release noted. The board of directors decided to amend the standards based on advancements in technology and a desire to increase efficiency, functionality and customization.

In addition, NCOPE aimed to establish a “single point of entry” to provide prospective residents access to pertinent information about residency programs and to allow them to easily apply to programs while minimizing the need to submit multiple applications to attain a placement, the release noted.

The full standards document can be viewed at


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