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Scope of Practice

May 2024


Certified Orthotic and/or Prosthetic Technician

An ABC certified technician is an individual trained and qualified to assist an ABC credentialed individual by providing technical support. ABC certified technicians may not use their credentials as independent providers of patient care. The certified technician fabricates, repairs and maintains orthoses and/or prostheses. The certified technician is proficient with current fabricating techniques, familiar with material properties and skilled in the use of appropriate equipment.

The certified technician is bound by the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility, which is enforced by a Professional Discipline program. The certified technician is obligated to support and conform to professional responsibilities that promote and assure the overall welfare of the patient and the integrity of the profession. The time limited certification expires without compliance with the Recertification program. The practice of an ABC certified orthotic and/or prosthetic technician includes, but is not limited to:

1) Assessment of orthotic and/or prosthetic technical requirements. Technical assessment may include but is not limited to the evaluation of the following information:

  • physical assessment data
  • range of motion requirements
  • orthotic/prosthetic requirements
  • material selection
  • component application
  • structural analysis
  • device specific function

2) Formulation of fabrication requirements within the established treatment plan. This formulation includes, but is not limited to:

  • verification of documentation
  • consultation with manufacturing professionals as required
  • analysis of structural and design needs for implementation
  • development of device specific functional goals
  • consultation with clinicians and peers

3) Implementation of the fabrication requirements includes, but is not limited to:

  • application of physical data
  • modification and/or rectification of physical data
  • material selection
  • fabrication
  • structural evaluation
  • compliance with component selection and manufacturer recommendations
  • assessment of intervention for appropriate outcomes

4) Utilization of a follow-up treatment plan that ensures successful fabrication outcomes which includes, but is not limited to:

  • documentation of structural changes
  • formulation of modifications to ensure successful outcomes
  • development of long term service plan

5) Compliance with practice management plans, policies and procedures which includes, but is not limited to:

  • adherence to applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations
  • following patient care guidelines and procedures
  • maintaining a safe and professional environment
  • application of manufacturer’s guarantees, and conditions of use
  • performing applicable machine maintenance and calibration
  • maintaining applicable records of components, machines and other necessary equipment

6) Promotion of competency and enhancement of professional practice to contribute to the profession’s body of knowledge includes, but is not limited to participation in:

  • continuing education
  • training of residents and students
  • evidence based studies
  • promotion of public awareness of the profession
  • consumer organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations