Practitioner Written Test Content Outline

January 2019


Orthotic Domain 1 - Patient Assessment

The Orthotic Written Exam Test Content Outline below is broken down by domain; each domain section indicates the percentage of emphasis that the elements of practice in that domain receives on the exam. For each Practice Domain listed on the Test Content Outline, you should plan on familiarizing yourself with clinical, technical or general practice information related to that domain.

Patient Assessment — 28%

  • Review patient’s prescription/referral
  • Take a comprehensive patient history, including demographic characteristics, family dynamics, previous use of an orthosis, diagnosis, work history, avocational activities, signs and symptoms, medical history (including allergies to materials, current medications), reimbursement status, patient expectations, patient compliance with ancillary care and results of diagnostic evaluations
  • Perform a diagnosis-specific functional clinical and cognitive ability examination that includes manual muscle testing, gait analysis, and evaluation of sensory function, range of motion, joint stability and skin integrity
  • Consult with other healthcare providers and caregivers, when appropriate, about patient’s condition in order to formulate a treatment plan
  • Verify patient care by documenting history, ongoing care and follow-up, using established record-keeping techniques
  • Refer patient, if appropriate, to other healthcare providers for intervention beyond orthotic scope of practice