What does a Certified Mastectomy Fitter do?
A CMF measures a patient and properly fits, dispenses, and adjusts external breast prostheses, bras, and related supplies. Trained and certified mastectomy fitters are integral to the physical and emotional well-being of patients, providing instruction and training on how to properly use and maintain post-mastectomy devices. Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) CMFs are recognized professionally as having completed rigorous education and training that satisfies professional standards. The BOC CMF Scope of Practice provides greater detail regarding the role of a BOC CMF.
Only BOC has an accredited Mastectomy Fitter Certification program. BOC is proud to have earned continuous National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest standards in professional certification.
Eligibility Prerequisites for Mastectomy Fitter Certification
To be eligible to take the mastectomy fitter certification exam, an applicant must demonstrate successful completion (within the last five years) of an entry-level education course through a fitter school or education provider. The education portal contains entry-level course providers that meet the requirements for the BOC CMF. Check the box that says, “CMF Entry Level” and select “Mastectomy Fitter” as your Certification Program.
A candidate will have a minimum of 120 hours (three weeks of full-time work) of documented patient care under the supervision of an appropriately qualified professional (another mastectomy fitter or a professional with the mastectomy fitter scope within his/her own scope of practice). Documentation should be maintained and kept readily available for auditing purposes. Suggestions for obtaining patient care requirements include:
- volunteering at your local hospital or clinic
- contacting BOC facilities in your area
- bringing a mastectomy fitter into your facility
Become Certified in Three Simple Steps:
1. Submit Your Application
Apply online or download the CMF Application. Be sure to thoroughly prepare and review all the documentation that will be submitted with your application. Submit your certification fees with your application; only the application fee is required for application processing. Questions? Contact us.
2. Take Your Exam
Once your application is approved, you’ll receive notification of your eligibility to sign up for your exam. BOC offers year-round testing for all computer-based exams, which means you don’t have to wait for a testing window. Use the CMF Detailed Content Outline to prepare for the exam.
CMF applicants are required to complete a multiple-choice exam. BOC’s test delivery provider, PSI, offers two test delivery options:
- in-person exams at a test center and
- live, remote online-proctored exams from your computer
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PSI offers BOC exams at locations throughout the U.S. Choose from two testing times: 9 AM and 1:30 PM each weekday (some locations also offer exams on Saturdays). Choose your testing location from the list on the PSI website . Make your exam appointment with PSI at least three business days prior to your desired test date.
Beginning June 2020, certification candidates have the option to take their exam with a live, remote proctor, and from a location of their choosing, using a desktop or laptop computer. All that’s needed is a quiet space and a device that meets PSI’s system requirements. Make an exam appointment with PSI at least 24 hours prior to your desired test date. Learn more.
3. Receive Results
No matter what computer-based test mode you choose, you will receive your results instantly at the completion of your exam. Once your have earned your certification, you must meet continuing education requirements and renew your certification annually.