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Future Resident FAQ

Should I do a single discipline (for example orthotics) residency or combined O&P residency?

This should be assessed on an individual basis.  Remember the goal of an NCOPE Residency Program is to create a real-world learning environment where competency can be achieved.  A residency program is not automatically marked complete when the minimum amount of time has passed.  The resident must demonstrate competence for all required interventions and meet all requirements.  The resident should also consider the following factors:

  • Patient populations at the patient care facility
  • Prior experiences in O&P
  • Their relative abilities at the time they graduated O&P school
  • Whether they wish to move to a state with licensing requirements that do not recognize dual-discipline residency (Ex: Florida)
How should I apply for a residency position?

Any residency program that gained their initial accreditation or renewed their accreditation on or after 7/1/2017 is required to accept applications using OPRESCAS.  The only exception is Hanger Clinic, who has a well-documented process listed on their National Residency Program page.

Is there anywhere I can go to learn more about OPRESCAS?

Yes.  The OPRESCAS Applicant Information Portal has additional resources including details about individual residency programs posted.

Is there a list of NCOPE accredited residency programs?

Yes.  Please visit the NCOPE Residency Program Directory page.  It is updated weekly.  

Are all programs listed on the NCOPE Residency Program Directory taking residents this year?

No.  Residency programs are accredited for a period of 3 years and not required to host a resident each year.  To view which residency programs are actively seeking residents, please access OPRESCAS.

I have identified a patient care facility where I would like to potentially complete a residency, but they are not in the NCOPE directory. How do they become accredited?

We have created a brief informational brochure on hosting a residency program and listed the eligibility requirements on our website.  If the clinicians or administrators at the patient care facility would like to get in touch with the NCOPE staff directly, they may do so via phone or email.

Is there somewhere I can look to find O&P patient care facilities that could potentially host a residency program that are not yet accredited?

NCOPE requires that the patient care facility be accredited by either the American Board for Certification or Board of Certification.  Both organizations have directories that can be queried.

How soon after I finish O&P school can I start my residency program?

The residency program start date can be as early as the day aftery a CAAHEP accredited education program diploma is dated.

Does NCOPE ever host events to help find a residency position?

Yes.  NCOPE is pleased to host a Virtual Career Expo each Fall.  This online event allows future residents to network with multiple potential residency sites.  NCOPE also hosts a resident round table and networking event at the Academy Meeting each winter.  To view a list of all events NCOPE is participating in, continue to check the NCOPE website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

I earned a bachelors degree or post-baccalaureate certificate in orthotics/prosthetics. Can I still pursue a residency?

No.  Residents must hold a master’s degree or higher in O&P in order to enroll in a residency program.

When should I submit the Resident Registration Form?

A minimum of 2 weeks prior to the start date.  

What transcripts / proof of education do I need to submit with my registration?

Official transcripts from the institution where the O&P master’s degree program was completed (including any consortium institutions, for example Century College/Concordia University) are required.  Undergraduate transcripts are not needed.  Information on how to submit electronic or hard copies of official transcripts is listed in the Residency Program Registration Form.

Is payment due at the time the registration form is submitted?

The registration form may be submitted without payment and an invoice is generated.  Failure to pay the registration fee in a timely manner may result in a delay in the residency program start/end dates.  Payment should be made as soon as possible.  In some cases (and upon request only) an invoice may be generated for the party responsible for payment.

What forms of payment does NCOPE accept for registration fees?

Credit card and payment by check/money order are both accepted.  Detailed information about how to submit payment is listed on the Residency Program Registration Form.

Who is responsible for paying the residency registration fees?

This fee is often paid for by the employer, but not always. Discuss this with your future residency program director.  

What is NCOPE Tracker and is this an additional fee?

NCOPE Tracker is the system/platform tool for entering patient encounters through out the residency program and there is no additional fee, access is included as part of the resident registration fee.  To learn more about NCOPE Tracker and view video tutorials, please visit the NCOPE Tracker information page.

How do I become certified and when am I eligible to sit the examinations needed to become credentialled?

NCOPE does not credential individual practitioners.  To learn about ABC practitioner certification including eligibility, exams, fees, and more; please visit the ABC website for the most up-to-date information.

May I fax in a copy of the registration form?

NCOPE only accepts online electronic submissions of the Residency Program Registration Form.  Scanned of faxed copies of the form will not be accepted.