Orthotists and Prosthetists Continuing Education

also see Orthotists and Prosthetists Continuing Education FAQs

After October 3, 2016, the requirements will remain the same for the renewal of an orthotist or prosthetist license.
To renew an orthotist or prosthetist license, a licensee must complete the following required continuing education:

  • Prosthetist or orthotist license - 24 hours
  • Prosthetist and orthotist license - 40 hours
  • Prosthetist or orthotist assistant - 12 hours
  • Prosthetist and orthotist assistant - 20 hours
  • Prosthetic or orthotic technician - 6 hours
  • Prosthetic and orthotic technician - 10 hours
  • Prosthetist or orthotist assistant license or orthoptist with prosthetist assistant license - 32 hours

Courses must be offered or approved by a state, regional or national orthotic or prosthetic or allied health organization or by a regionally accredited college or university and the course content must be directly related to prosthetics, orthotics, physical or occupational therapy, orthopedic, podiatric, pedorthic or physical medicine.

A licensee is exempt from the requirement of continuing education if a qualifying event occurred during the 2-year license period before expiration. A qualifying event would include if a licensee suffered a mental or physical illness or disability that prevented the licensee from complying with the requirements or if a licensee suffered a catastrophic event such as a flood, fire, tornado or hurricane that prevented the licensee from complying with the requirements.

The licensee is responsible for maintaining a record of his or her continuing education experiences or certificates. If a licensee is selected for audit, then the licensee will be notified and records will be required to be submitted to the Department.

Orthotists and Prosthetists Continuing Education FAQs

  1. Does the continuing education requirements for the renewal of my orthotist or prosthetist license change after October 3, 2016?
  2. How many hours of continuing education are required for the renewal of my orthotist or prosthetist license?
  3. What type of courses will be acceptable for credit as continuing education?
  4. Are there any exemptions allowed for the requirements of continuing education for the renewal of my license?
  5. What would qualify as an accepted event for exemption of continuing education?
  6. How does the audit process work for continuing education?

1. Does the continuing education requirements for the renewal of my orthotist or prosthetist license change after October 3, 2016?

No, the requirements will remain the same.

2. How many hours of continuing education are required for the renewal of my orthotist or prosthetist license?

Attendance and completion of the following number of continuing education credits are required during each renewal period:

- Prosthetist or orthotist license - 24 hours
- Prosthetist and orthotist license - 40 hours
- Prosthetist or orthotist assistant - 12 hours
- Prosthetist and orthotist assistant - 20 hours
- Prosthetic or orthotic technician - 6 hours
- Prosthetic and orthotic technician - 10 hours
- Prosthetist or orthoptist assistant license or orthoptist with prosthetist assistant license - 32 hours

3. What type of courses will be acceptable for credit as continuing education?

Courses must be offered or approved by a state, regional or national orthotic or prosthetic or allied health organization or by a regionally accredited college or university and the course content must be directly related to prosthetics, orthotics, physical or occupational therapy, orthopedic, podiatric, pedorthic or physical medicine.

4. Are there any exemptions allowed for the requirements of continuing education for the renewal of my license?

Yes, a licensee is exempt from the requirement of continuing education if a qualifying event occurred during the 2-year license period before expiration.

5. What would qualify as an accepted event for exemption of continuing education?

If a licensee suffered a mental or physical illness or disability that prevented the licensee from complying with the requirements or if a licensee suffered a catastrophic event such as a flood, fire, tornado or hurricane that prevented the licensee from complying with the requirements.

6. How does the audit process work for continuing education?

The Department shall select a random sample of license holders for each renewal month. If selected for an audit, the licensee will be notified when they receive their renewal notice. The licensee will be required to submit copies of certificates, transcripts or other documentation to verify the licensee's attendance, participation and completion of continuing education requirements. Licenses will not be renewed until continuing education requirements have been met.