Orthotics and Prosthetics:
Make a Career of Making a Difference

O&P Organizations

Education Organizations

These organizations are important as you pursue your O&P education and training.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Accredits O&P technician and practitioner education programs.

National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)

NCOPE develops, implements, and assures compliance with standards for O&P education through accreditation and approval processes that promote exemplary patient care.

Certifying Agencies

These organizations are important as you begin your career in O&P.

American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC)

ABC certifies practitioners, pedorthists, technicians, fitters, and assistants.

Board for Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC)

BOC certifies practitioners, pedorthists, and fitters.


These organizations raise money to support the O&P profession.

The Center for Orthotics and Prosthetics Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL)

Dedicated to advancing the development of and learning about outcomes and evidence-based research projects in the O&P field.

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF)

OPERF awards grants and prizes to O&P researchers and students to promote excellence in patient care.

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF)

Aims to enable individuals served by the O&P community to enjoy the rewards of personal achievement, physical fitness, and social interaction.

Professional Organizations

These organizations are important after you become certified and are working as an O&P professional.

The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (The Academy)

The primary source for the continuing education you need to maintain your certification. The Academy also represents the interests of individual O&P professionals.

American Association of Breast Care Professionals (AABCP)

AABCP is a member-driven national advocacy organization for post-mastectomy professionals.

The Amputee Coalition (AC)

Empowers people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support, and advocacy, and promotes limb-loss prevention.

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA)

Represents the business interests of O&P facilities and manufacturers.

The Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC)

An association of professionals who are involved in clinics that provide O&P care to children with limb loss or orthopedic disabilities.

The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)

Focuses on O&P practice throughout the world.

Mobility Saves

Presents research to affirm that O&P services save money for payers and help patients preserve or regain mobility.

National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP)

Educates the public and promotes public policy that is in the interest of the O&P patient.

Pedorthic Footcare Association

Represents the interests of the credentialed pedorthist and supports the pedorthic profession at large.