Orthotist


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No application is complete until all required documentation and fees are received. Every question on the application must be answered. All documents and photos become a permanent part of your file and cannot be returned. You will be notified in writing by this office if any additional documentation is required to complete your application.  The board office must be notified IMMEDIATELY of anything which changes or affects, in any way, a response given in your application.

The Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics examinations approved by the board for licensure are offered on various dates throughout the year. Please visit the American Board for Certification’s website for exact dates and fees. 

American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC)
330 John Carlyle Street, Suite 210
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 836-7114

The requirements for licensure as a Orthotist are as follows:

  1. Is of good moral character.
  2. Is 18 years of age or older.
  3. Has completed the appropriate educational preparation:
    1. An NCOPE approved Residency Program (If the applicant completed a residency program certified by NCOPE, an original letter from the head of the residency program attesting to successful completion of the program.)
    2. OR

    3. 1900 internship program (If the applicant completed an internship, a patient log signed by the applicant’s qualified supervisor(s), including the types of patients treated, the types of treatment provided, and the number of hours worked, that demonstrates compliance with Rule 64B14-4.100, F.A.C.)
  4. A Bachelor of Science or higher-level postgraduate degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics from a regionally accredited college or university recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university AND a certificate in orthotics and prosthetics from a program recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, or its equivalent, as determined by the board.
  5. Passed the board-approved orthotics and prosthetics examination. (Through The American Board of Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics, Inc.)
  6. Completed the mandatory courses.

Applicants with Health History

If you answer “yes” to any of the health history questions on the application, please submit supporting documentation including the relevant dates and circumstances of such treatment and/or addiction along with the names and addresses of the medical practitioners or hospitals who performed such treatment.

Applicants with Discipline History

Applicants with prior disciplinary actions are required to submit the following:

Board Actions – Certified copies of document(s) relative to any disciplinary action taken against any license. The documents must come from the agency that took the disciplinary action and must be certified by that agency.

Self-Explanation -€“ A detailed description of the circumstances surrounding your disciplinary action and a thorough description of the rehabilitative changes in your lifestyle since the time of the disciplinary action which would enable you to avoid future occurrences. It would be helpful to include factors in your life, which you feel may have contributed to your disciplinary action, what you have learned about yourself since that time, and the changes you have made that support your rehabilitation.

Applicants with Criminal History

Applicants with prior criminal convictions are required to submit the following:

Final Dispositions/Arrest Records -€“ Final disposition records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.

Completion of Probation/Parole/Sanctions -€“ Probation and financial sanction records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. Parole records for offenses can be obtained from the Department of Corrections or at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.

Self-Explanation -€“ Applicants who have listed offenses on the application must submit a letter in their own words describing the circumstances of the offense. Include in your letter the date of the original offense, the charge, and the jurisdiction where it occurred.

Health Care Fraud; Disqualifications for License, Certificate, or Registration

Effective July 1, 2012, Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes (F.S.), provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:

  1. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, F.S., (relating to social and economic assistance), Chapter 817, F.S., (relating to fraudulent practices), Chapter 893, F.S., (relating to drug abuse prevention and control) or a similar felony offense(s) in another state or jurisdiction unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed. Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
    1. For the felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    2. For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    3. For the felonies of the third degree under section 893.13(6)(a), F.S., more than five years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
  2. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 (relating to controlled substances) or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 (relating to public health, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid issues), unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;
  3. Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to section 409.913, F.S., unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent five years;
  4. Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or Federal Government, from any other state Medicaid program, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent five years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application;
  5. Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities. The section above does not apply to candidates or applicants for initial licensure or certification who were enrolled in an educational or training program on or before July 1, 2009, which was recognized by a board or, if there is no board, recognized by the department, and who applied for licensure after July 1, 2012.

Please download, print and complete the paper application and submit along with your fees to the address listed below:

Florida Board of Orthotists and Prosthetists
P. O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330

Within 7-14 days of receipt of your application, the board office will notify you of the status of your application and any remaining required documents that need to be submitted.

The following documents are required in order to complete your application:

Have official final transcript from the regionally accredited institution at which the applicant’s Baccalaureate or post-graduate Bachelor of Science degree was awarded, indicating the degree awarded, mailed directly from your college or university to the board office at the address provided below:

Florida Board of Orthotists and Prosthetists
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin # C07
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3257

If the applicant’s degree was not awarded in Orthotics and Prosthetics, documentation from the CAAHEP approved program certifying completion of an orthotics and prosthetics program, as applicable.

An applicant for examination or licensure must first complete a 1 year qualified experience internship or residency. Experience gained in Florida, either through a residency or internship, is deemed “qualified” beginning only after the issuance date of a valid registration to practice in Florida as either an intern or resident.

If the applicant completed a residency program certified by NCOPE, an original letter from the head of the residency program attesting to successful completion of the program.

If the applicant completed an internship, a patient log signed by the applicant’s qualified supervisor(s), including the types of patients treated, the types of treatment provided, and the number of hours worked, that demonstrates compliance with Rule 64B14-4.100, F.A.C.

Submit a copy of your certificate of completion for medical errors, infectious disease, Florida laws and rules, and CPR. In order to locate a board approved course visit www.cebroker.com or call 1-877-434-6323. The CPR course needs to be sponsored by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or the American Safety and Health Institute.

If you are licensed or have ever held a license in another state, contact that state’s licensing office and request for licensure verification to be sent directly to the Florida Board of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

If you responded “yes” to any of the Health History questions on the application, submit a letter to the board office, providing the relevant dates and circumstances of your treatment and/or addiction and include the names and addresses of the medical practitioners or hospitals that performed your treatment.

If you responded “yes” to any of the Discipline History questions on the application, contact the state board where the discipline occurred to request that certified copies of the board order and any other documents relative to the disciplinary action be submitted directly to the board office.

You must also submit a letter in your own words describing the circumstances of the offense. Your letter must include the date of the original offense, the charge and the jurisdiction where it occurred.

If you responded “yes” to any of the Criminal History questions on the application, contact the clerk of courts in the jurisdiction in which the offense occurred and request that a certified copy of your final/official court disposition be mailed directly to the board office. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.

If applicable, request the following documentation to be sent directly to the board office:

A certified copy of your completion of probation and documentation showing that you have paid all fines; if the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.

You must also submit a letter in your own words describing the circumstances of the offense. Your letter must include the date of the original offense, the charge and the jurisdiction where it occurred.

Upon the board receiving confirmation and passing the licensure examination the initial license is issued within 10 days.

Make checks or money orders payable to the “Department of Health.

Applicants who have taken and passed the ABC national certification examination (Parts I, II & III)

Application Fee $500.00 (non-refundable)
Initial Licensure Fee $500.00
Unlicensed Activity Fee $5.00
TOTAL FEE $1,005.00

Applicants who are applying for eligibility to sit for the ABC national certification examination (Parts I, II & III)

Application Fee $500.00 (non-refundable)
Initial Licensure Fee $500.00
Unlicensed Activity Fee $5.00
Examination Fee* $500.00
TOTAL FEE $1,505.00

Please Note: The above fees must accompany the application or the application will not be processed. If your check is returned for insufficient funds, application processing will stop. Processing will resume once the outstanding fees are received.

Click on Chapter or Section Number to View

Florida Statutes

Chapter 468, Part XIV: Orthotists & Prosthetists Practice Act
Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act
Chapter 119: Public Records
Chapter 408: Health Care Administration
Chapter 112: Public Officers and Employees: General Provisions

Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)

Rules: Chapter 64B14: Board of Orthotists & Prosthetists Rules