BOCO Eligibility Prerequisites

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Eligibility Prerequisites for Orthotist (BOCO) Certification

To be eligible to become an Orthotist-Certified (BOCO), an applicant must provide proper documentation demonstrating graduation from an orthotist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) followed by an orthotist residency approved by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE).

Individuals who have received their education in a foreign country must have their education evaluated by World Education Services (WES). WES is a professional education evaluation service that equates foreign education to programs in the United States. 

BOC certification candidates can take their examinations during their residency program, but BOC will award final certification only after completion of the residency.

You can find an accredited education program on CAAHEP's website by selecting "Orthotist/Prosthetist" and choosing a state. For more information on finding a residency site, go to NCOPE's website.



BOC offers reciprocity for orthotists who are currently certified in Canada and by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC). BOC's Reciprocity Policy allows eligible orthotic professionals to earn BOC certification by using credentials currently held with other certifying bodies. Candidates may submit their current, valid certificate and are not required to submit proof of eligibility or sit for BOC exams. To take advantage of this opportunity, complete and submit the reciprocity application along with a copy of your current certification.