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The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) contracted with Professional Examination Service (PES) to conduct an updated practice analysis of orthotic and/or prosthetic assistants including a validation survey of the entire population of ABC Certified Orthotic and/or Prosthetic Assistants (CPOA, CPA, COA).
The goal of a practice analysis study is to determine current trends in patient care, technology and practice management by ABC Certified Orthotic and/or Prosthetic Assistants.
The goal of the validation study was to identify unique priorities in the delivery of orthotic and prosthetic patient care, e.g.: What highly critical tasks are performed by ABC certified orthotic and/or prosthetic assistants? What subset of knowledge and skill is essential at the time of initial certification? What procedures are the most frequently implemented?
The results are being used to generate defensible credentialing test specifications designed for entry-level orthotic and/or prosthetic assistants. The results will also be used to identify specific topics for in-service and/or continuing education and to provide guidance for education program enhancement in regard to curriculum review and/or programmatic self assessment.