The National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists (NAOT) was founded on August 29, 1982, in Boston, Massachusetts. NAOT was originally conceived in the minds and hearts of a few members of the National Federation of Orthopaedic Technologists many years prior to 1982. The group recognized that strength is fostered in unity, and professionalism is rooted in the formulation of goals and standards. A core group of orthopaedic technologists committed themselves to the formulation of an independent, self-governing organization. They presented their concepts to the full membership of the Federation in Dallas, Texas in 1981. A vote was taken, and the decision was made to prepare to launch the new association at the 1982 convention. Representatives from the various regional, state, and local groups (members of the Federation) came together in Boston to adopt a charter and by-laws for a truly national organization. Officers were elected, and the Executive Board was established. NAOT was born, and the parent Federation became a thing of the past.
NAOT is a non-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence through education of orthopaedic technologists, and other related allied health care professionals, and the general public. NAOT believes that the profession of orthopaedic technology can only reach full potential and universal acceptance through widespread educational opportunities. Certification of all orthopaedic technologists underscores NAOT's commitment to these professional goals.