National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)

Information for Residency Sites

General Information

Residency programs contribute to the continuing education of future O&P professionals. These programs provide students with a structured experience by complying with the established standards and guidelines. It is during the residency program that individuals gain the clinical training and experience needed to balance their primary education with experience to generate the best practitioner possible.

NCOPE carries out its accreditation mission by serving as the deliberative body through which standards for residency programs as well as procedures for accreditation are established.

NCOPE's accreditation process is a valuable service to students, the education and residency programs, the profession and the public.

General Policies Overview for Accreditation

  • Any program applying for accreditation must have the director take and pass the online "Residency Program Preparation Course". This course can be accessed here
    A copy of the completed course certificate must accompany the application.
  • Any residency director or mentor that will supervise and assess a resident's competency must take and pass the online Module 2 and Module 3 (once completed) of the "Residency Program Preparation Course."
  • An O&P facility and any affiliate location(s) must be accredited by an organization that accredits Comprehensive Orthotic and Prosthetic Patient Care Services and Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited orthotic and prosthetic education for orthotists and prosthetists, in order to participate in the residency program
  • Residents must have graduated from CAAHEP accredited programs or have a translation from the World Education Service (WES) that is equivalent to a bachelors degree
  • The length of the residency is 12-months per discipline or blended O&P program at 18-months
  • Residents must provide direct patient care but only under the supervision of a certified or licensed practitioner
  • Program is responsible to impart expertise and promote competency of the resident by expecting them to meet or exceed the residency objectives

Becoming an Accredited Residency Site (PDF)

2011 Residency Standards (PDF)

NCOPE Residency Program at a Glance (PDF)

Forms for Residency Sites

Online Residency Profiles

Regional Residency Network (RRN)

Director's Regional Network (DRN)

Director Workshops

A list of residency programs is available in the Information for Residents section.

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