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NCOPE is the Sponsor Committee on Accreditation (CoA) for the Orthotic and Prosthetic Profession

In partnership with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), NCOPE serves as the CoA for orthotist/prosthetist, orthotic/prosthetic technician, and orthotic/prosthetic assistant education. Each CoA is comprised of experts who assess applicant programs to ensure they meet the nationally accepted standards that are designed to prepare graduates for entry into the healthcare workforce. The accreditation standards are developed and adopted in collaboration with CAAHEP member-sponsors. Once an applicant program’s formal application and CoA review process is complete, the designed CoA forwards program accreditation recommendations to CAAHEP for review to ensure they adhere to the principles of due process and are devoid of any conflicts of interest. CAAHEP awards accreditation to those programs that meet or exceed the national standards.