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A person seeking to attain the required prosthetics experience in this state must be approved by the board and registered as a resident by the department. Although a registration may be held in both practice fields, the board shall not approve a second registration until at least 1 year after the issuance of the first registration. Notwithstanding subsection (2), an applicant who has been approved by the board and registered by the department in one practice field may apply for registration in the second practice field without an additional state or national criminal history check during the period in which the first registration is valid. Each registration is valid for 2 years from the date of issuance unless otherwise revoked by the department upon recommendation of the board. A registration may be renewed once by the department upon recommendation of the board for a period no longer than 1 year, as such renewal is defined by the board by rule. To be considered by the board for approval of registration as a prosthetic resident, the applicant must have:
- 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 prosthetics from a program recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, or its equivalent, as determined by the board.Applicants for initial registration only, having completed their degree requirements at a recognized prosthetics and orthotics degree program within forty-five (45) days of their registration application, and whose transcript is not yet available, may instead of an official transcript, submit both of the following:a. A letter sent directly to the Board on school letterhead signed by the prosthetics degree program’s director, documenting the applicant has completed the prosthetic and orthotic’s degree curriculum and is eligible and due to graduate, and specifying the degree to be awarded; andb. A copy of the applicant’s request for a certified transcript addressed to be sent directly to the Board.
- For registration as a prosthetic resident, the applicant must provide documentation of enrollment in an NCOPE approved residency program.
- For registration as an intern the applicant must provide documentation of a proposed internship meeting the requirement of Rule 64B14-4.100, F.A.C.
- Documentation of completion of 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.
Effective January 1, 2013, applicants for initial licensure must use an approved Livescan Service Provider to submit electronic fingerprints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for the purpose of conducting a search for any Florida and national criminal history records that may pertain to applicant. The results of the search will be returned to the Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse and made available to the Department for consideration during the licensure process. The fingerprints submitted by the applicant will be retained by FDLE and the Clearinghouse. All costs for conducting a criminal history background screening are borne by the applicant.
It is important to use the correct Originating Agency Identification (ORI) when submitting fingerprints. If you do not provide an ORI number or if you provide an incorrect ORI number to the Livescan service provider, the board office will not receive your fingerprint results.
The ORI number for the Board of Orthotists & Prosthetist is EDOH3451Z.
The applicant is fully responsible for selecting an approved Livescan Service Provider and for ensuring the results are reported to the Department. Print this electronic fingerprinting form and take it with you to a Livescan Service Provider.
For more information, FAQs, and a list of all approved Livescan Service Providers please visit the Background Screening website: http://www.flhealthsource.gov/background-screening/ (Click on Locate a Provider)
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:
- 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:
- 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;
- For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities.
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 listed below:
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 for 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
Make checks or money orders payable to the “Department of Health.”
|Application Fee||$250.00 (non-refundable)|
|Unlicensed Activity Fee||$5.00|
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.
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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