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.

An Approved Clinical Mentor (ACM) is a certified and/or licensed clinician and residency director, mentor or educator who has successfully completed and passed NCOPE's ACM course. This comprehensive course provides a clinician with the skills and information necessary to more effectively teach and mentor students in the context of a residency program or educational program. The second ACM course was held at AAOP's 42nd Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium, Orlando, Florida.

Email if you would like to receive course and enrollment information when the next course date is announced.

2016 Larry Lange Travel Scholarship Award

$2,000.00 - Application Deadline is June 1st

You must be a current NCOPE Resident or no more than 10 months out of residency to apply. Download your application today!

Contact Dominique Mungo
(703) 836-7114 ext. 237

New and old NCOPE logos

NCOPE is excited to
launch our new logo!

The logo’s implied meaning: The overall arch starting from the N – signals the start of a career and it ending at the tip of the E signals the jumping off point to certification/licensure and/or start of their professional career. The arch serves as an umbrella signaling how education is the “shield” of educating/training the future O&P care providers.

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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