What is a Certified Orthotist?
A Certified Orthotist [designation C.O. (C)] is specifically trained and educated to design, fabricate and fit orthoses. They provide and manage custom-designed and pre-made orthoses to patients. Certified Orthotists conduct clinical assessments based on a physician’s prescription, make a recommendation for a pre-made or custom-made orthosis and monitor patients with the goal of restoring physiological function and/or cosmesis.
To become certified as an orthotist, a student must complete an accredited clinical program or the accepted equivalent and be accepted as an orthotic intern. This individual works under the direct supervision of a Certified Orthotist for a period of 22 months and provides patient care. Upon completion of this term, the individual is eligible to write the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CBCPO) Certification Exam. After passing the three day written, oral and practical exam, the intern is certified.
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