Saturday, December 3, 2022

Assistant credential in states with licensure

Hewey, Bernard

Hi to Everyone,

I would like to ask members of the listserv how the current Assistant credential’s experiential requirement is being addressed on the state level, especially in those states with licensure. My impression is that the 2-year experiential requirement would be problematic in the regulated states where there is no specific language allowing for assistant-level patient care. Among the questions I have are:

* Are there efforts underway to amend legislation to include assistants?

* How are state-level professional associations responding to this?

* How are employers looking at the assistant in their business models?

I hope to use any information received to provide perspective on these issues for a presentation I will be giving on emerging trends in the O&P profession. Thank you in advance for any information and insight.

Bernard Hewey, Instructor
Orthotics-Prosthetics Technology Program
Spokane Falls Community College
3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive MS 3190
Spokane, WA 99224-5288
Phone (509) 533-3733
Fax (509) 533-4143
[email protected]

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