What is orthotics? Orthotics is the practice of addressing medical conditions of the lower limbs, upper limbs and spinal anatomical structure. Orthotic devices, fabricated by trained and certified orthotists, aid patients in daily living by supporting weakened or abnormal limbs and joints.
What does an orthotist do? Pursuant to a physician’s order, an orthotist evaluates a patient’s condition, takes measurements and/or impressions, and creates and properly fits the appropriate orthotic device. Orthotists are integral to the physical and emotional well-being of patients, providing instruction and training on how to properly use and maintain orthotic devices.
A BOC Orthotist (BOCO) is a healthcare professional who is qualified to provide and/or supervise the assessment, treatment plan development and implementation, follow-up, and practice management of people using prescribed orthotics. A BOCO is recognized professionally as having completed a rigorous education and training program that satisfies industry standards. The BOCO Scope of Practice provides greater detail regarding the role of an Orthotist, BOC-Certified (BOCO).
To become a BOCO, you will need to:
Meet eligibility prerequisites. Be sure to apply for the BOC Orthotist certification before July 31, 2016; BOC will be sunsetting the acceptance of new applications for this certification after that date.
Complete the orthotist candidate exam series.
Attest to upholding the ethical standards in the Code of Ethics, honored by all BOC certificants.
Please consult the BOCO Certification Process for full details on how to become certified.
Once you have earned BOCO credentials, you will need to demonstrate your commitment to professional growth by earning continuing education units. The orthotic field is dynamic and evolving. Ongoing learning throughout your career is essential to keeping up with the latest technology and process improvements in your profession. You can submit your CEUs online and view your CEU record immediately at MyBOC, your personal web portal.