National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)


Education fosters growth in the quality and quantity of O & P professionals.

Entry-level education for an Orthotist/Prosthetist is a master’s degree
NCOPE ensures that O & P professionals receive formal preparation related to current requirements for professional O&P practice.
NCOPE develops standards for, and accredits orthotics and prosthetics programs.

PROPOSED/DRAFT Local Coverage Determination (LCD):
Lower Limb Prostheses (DL33787)

A proposed LCD policy would completely change how lower extremity prostheses are provided to Medicare beneficiaries and could harm all who receive prosthetic care.

Submit your comments by August 31st!


Student Poster Award – Deadline Sept. 15th
Calling all Students and Residents—Gain National Recognition and Advance Your Career

Enter to win one of two prestigious awards—The Student-Resident Poster award honors two meritorious scientific papers submitted for presentation as a poster at the AOPA National Assembly. The purpose of these awards is to encourage students and residents to display outstanding posters at the 2015 AOPA National Assembly.

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The National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) promotes education in the field of orthotics and prosthetics and raises the standards of education in the field. This includes working in cooperation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for the accreditation of orthotist/prosthetist and technician level education within the O&P profession. CAAHEP is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that accredits educational programs in 23 allied health disciplines.

NCOPE’s additional responsibilities include the development of standards for, and accreditation of Residency education, pedorthic education and fitter level courses for the O&P profession.

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