ABC Model Administrative Rules

December 2021


Section 9. Application for Assistant License

(a) Any person seeking an assistant license pursuant to Section 55 (Transition Period) of the Act shall file an application with the (Agency) on forms provided by the (Agency). The application shall include the following:

(1) Either:

A) Until January 1, (two years after law is effective), proof of Certification as a Certified Orthotic and/or Prosthetic Assistant (COA, CPA, CPOA) from the ABC; or 

B) Within 60 days of the effective date of this Part, an applicant may submit proof of seven years of experience as an assistant as defined in Section 10 of the Act;

(i) At least three affidavits from practitioners licensed under this Act or certified by ABC;

(ii) Experience shall be full-time in an orthotic/prosthetic facility. Full-time is defined as 30 hours per week;

(iii) Verification of orthotic and/or prosthetic assistant experience;

(2) A complete work history form provided by the (Agency);

(3) The fee required in Section 80 of this Part;

(4) Certification, on forms provided by the (Agency), from the State or territory of the United States in which the applicant was originally licensed and the State in which the applicant is currently licensed, if applicable, stating:

A) The time frame during which the applicant was licensed in that jurisdiction, including the date of the original issuance of the license;

B) Whether the file on the applicant contains any record of disciplinary actions taken or pending.

(b) Any person seeking an assistant license other than in subsection (a) of this section shall file an application with the (Agency) on forms provided by the (Agency).  The application shall include the following:

(1) Proof of a high school diploma or GED;

(2) Proof satisfactory to the Board that the applicant has completed post-secondary courses in anatomical, biological and physical sciences, as prescribed and adopted by the Board;

(3) Verification of successful completion of the assistant examination set forth in Section 15;

(4) Documentation showing completion of 1,900 hours of clinical work experience in each discipline they are seeking licensure;

(5) The required fee specified in Section 80 of this Part.

(c) When the accuracy of any submitted documentation or the relevance or sufficiency of the course work or experience is questioned by the (Agency) or the Board because of lack of information, discrepancies or conflicts in information given or a need for clarification, the applicant seeking licensure shall be requested to:

(1) Provide such information as may be necessary; and/or

(2) Appear for an interview before the Board to explain such relevance or sufficiency, clarify information or clear up any discrepancies or conflicts in information.