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Academy Releases Updated O&P Licensure Toolkit

Manisha Bhaskar

Academy Releases Updated O&P Licensure Toolkit

October 28, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Peter Rosenstein
Phone: (202) 380-3663
Email: [email protected]

WASHINGTON, DC-October 28, 2010-The American Academy of Orthotists and
Prosthetists (AAOP) has updated the O&P Licensure Toolkit on its website
(O&P Licensure Toolkit)
. The O&P Licensure Toolkit is a
comprehensive guide that provides a “blueprint” for state O&P licensure
initiatives.

The Academy endorses state licensure of orthotists and prosthetists as
the preferred method of establishing patient protection mechanisms
through legislated state standards equivalent to those developed by the
National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and recognized
by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

The updated Toolkit includes the results of a survey of its members in
states with O&P licensure. This survey was designed to solicit
information about licensure and its effects on O&P practice. A follow-up
survey was sent to those individuals who were identified in the first
survey as having played a role in the implementation of licensure within
their state.

The Licensure Toolkit site includes a list of individuals who have
volunteered to serve as “licensure resources.” These individuals were
involved in the licensure process in their state and have agreed to
share their experiences with others who may have a question about O&P
licensure and the process for securing it.

The Academy appreciates the work of the Licensure Toolkit Committee for
their continuing efforts on this project. On the Committee are Robb
Brown Jr., CPO (chair), Bruce “Mac” McClellan, CPO, LPO, FISPO, and
Kimber Nation (staff liaison).

About the Academy
The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), founded in
1970, is the pre-eminent professional organization representing
practitioners certified by the American Board for Certification in
Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC), state licensed practitioners,
as well as assistants, technicians, fitters, and others affiliated with
the profession of orthotics and prosthetics (O&P). The Academy’s mission
is to promote professionalism and advance the standards of patient care
through education, literature, research, advocacy, and collaboration. In
keeping with this mission, the Academy supports the highest standards
for providers to ensure quality comprehensive orthotic and prosthetic
services for patients. The Academy provides programs and seminars for
continuing education and supports research, outreach, and advocacy to
advance the scientific and educational achievements of O&P
professionals.

For additional information contact the Academy at (202) 380-3663 or
visit www.oandp.org
.

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Manisha S. Bhaskar
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
Director of Marketing & Publications
1331 H Street, NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 380-3663, ext. 210
FAX (202) 380-3447
www.oandp.org

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