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Residency Director/Mentor FAQ

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General Questions

What are the documents that define the standards and requirements for hosting a residency program?

The Orthotic/Prosthetic Residency Standards and Policy and Procedure Manual contain information that define the requirements and guidelines that are relevant to hosting a residency program an accredited residency program.  

I saw that residency programs can now be combined, where the resident develops skills in orthotics and prosthetics simultaneously. Is this the only residency program type?

No.  Residency programs can still offer single discipline residency programs in orthotics or prosthetics.  To learn more about residency program types and tracks, please visit the Residency Program Types and Tracks page.  Please note that a single-discipline residency at least 12 months in length may be necessary to accomodate state licensing requirements.  If you are in a state with O&P license laws, please contact the state department of professional regulations or licensing board to learn if persons pursuing a dual-discipline residency are eligible to become licensed.

What are the fees for becoming a residency program or registering a resident?

All fees relevant to residency programs can be found by visiting the Residency Registration and Accreditation Fees page.

Can a person who received their formal O&P education outside of the US pursue an NCOPE accredited residency program?

It depends on the level of education that the person received.  To learn more about requirements tied to the education and residency eligibility for persons trained outside the US, please visit the Residency for Foreign O&P School Graduates page.  

Future Directors/Mentors

What are the requirements to become a residency program director or mentor?

Directors and mentors must hold a combination of credentials (certification/licensure), formal O&P education, training, and responsibilities to serve.  This information is summarized on the Eligibility, Roles and Responsibilities page and defined by the Orthotic/Prosthetic Residency Standards under Standard IV: Faculty, Roles and Responsibilities.  

Can I serve as a residency director with a bachelors degree or post-baccalaureate certificate if the resident has a master's degree in orthotics and prosthetics?

Yes, the vast majority of residency directors hold a bachelors level degree or post-baccalaurate certificate.  

I need to complete at least one section of the NCOPE Online Residency Development Course, where do I get information about registering or sign-in?

Please visit the Online Residency Program Development Course landing page to register, sign-in to the Canvas LMS, or learn more about the course.

Where can I learn more about the general requirements for hosting a residency program and view the application?

Please visit the Residency Program Brochure and Application page to learn about the basic requirements defined by the Orthotic/Prosthetic Residency Standards and to begin the application.

Current Directors/Mentors

Where do I complete the required forms for my current resident?

NCOPE Tracker is the tool used to submit all required documentation.

How long does a residency program accreditation last?

All programs that became accredited or renewed their accreditation on or after 7/1/2017 will hold accreditation for a period of 3 years.  To see when a program’s accreditation expires, please visit the Residency Program Directory.