What We Do
The National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In 1972, the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) created the Educational Accreditation Commission (EAC) to meet the O&P profession’s need for an institutional accreditation program. That same year the EAC set out to establish criteria to assess and compare orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) curricula.
In 1991, the EAC was reorganized and became an independent organization under the National Office structure. In December 1999 NCOPE became an incorporated accreditation agency and totally independent from the O&P organizations (AAOP, ABC and AOPA).
Promote education in the field of orthotics and prosthetics and raise the standards of education in the field.
Develop standards for, and accredit orthotics and prosthetics programs.
Establish accreditation and evaluation procedures in orthotics and prosthetics education.
Aid the development of new orthotics and prosthetics programs.
Publish an annual report on orthotics and prosthetics education.
NCOPE partners with our sister O&P professional organizations and solution providers to ensure people entering the O&P profession are receiving appropriate formal preparation to provide compassionate and competent clinical care.