Certification



Please note that certification of Orthopaedic Technologists (OTC) is handled exclusively by the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists (NBCOT). The NBCOT is a separate entity from the National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists (NAOT), which focuses on continued professional development and education of OTCs. Any questions and inquiries about existing policies, rules, regulations, verification and deadlines relating to certification or recertification should be addressed to Melanie Ziel, the NBCOT's Executive Director, using the contact information listed below.

Main Contact Information
National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists (NBCOT)
c/o Melanie Ziel, Executive Director
4736 Onondaga Blv. #166
Syracuse, NY  13219
(866) 466-2268
Fax: (866) 466-7067
Email: nbcot_office@nbcot.net
www.nbcot.net

Certification for Orthopaedic Technologists is designed to promote excellence in the practice of Orthopaedic Technologist by:

  • Credentialing those individuals who meet the requirements of the NBCOT.
  • Advancing the growth of Orthopaedic Technologists in the orthopaedic community.
  • Maintaining a level of knowledge required for certified Orthopaedic Technologists.
  • Certified Orthopaedic Technologists standard of knowledge assists the facility, general public, and the medical community in the assessment of Orthopaedic Technologists.
  • To learn more about certification, please visit www.nbcot.net

Examination

The NBCOT provides a test to certify and re-certify Orthopaedic Technologists to set a level of competency for Orthopaedic Technologists. Technologists enter practice from many different backgrounds and are employed in diverse Orthopaedic subspecialties. The Examination Content Outline has been designed taking these differences into consideration. The examination consists of 150 multiple choice questions divided among the following topics: Assessment; Casting, Splinting and Bracing; Traction; and Surgery. To date, more than 5,000 orthopaedic technologists have been certified by NBCOT.


Eligibility Routes for Certification

To qualify to sit for the certification examination, an orthopaedic technologist must meet one of the three criteria listed below:

A. Two-years of full time employment in Orthopaedics specific to Orthopaedic Technology and in accordance with the current Examination Breakdown (JTA), under the direct supervision of a Physician specializing in the musculoskeletal system.

B. Completion of an Orthopaedic Technologist (OT) Training Program that satisfies the requirements of the NBCOT Eligibility Route B Policy. In order to qualify under this eligibility route, a certification candidate must be able to show that he/she has graduated from:

  • A NAOT Recognized School/Program. The Recognized School/Program must be in compliance with all Eligibility Route B Policy requirements, and be recognized as a current NAOT Recognized School/Program in good standing. Applicants who have completed a NAOT Recognized School/Program must submit a copy of their Certificate of Graduation in order to show that the OT Program has satisfied all Eligibility Route B Policy requirements, and their physician verification form.

    -OR -

  • A Non-NAOT Recognized School/Program. If an OT Program is not a NAOT Recognized School/Program in good standing, the candidate must submit documentary evidence showing that the OT Program has satisfied all of the requirements in the Eligibility Route B Policy. NBCOT reserves the right to accept, or decline to accept, such information or request additional information to ensure conformity with NBCOT Policy requirements. In its sole discretion, NBCOT will determine if an OT Training Program completed by the candidate qualifies for Eligibility Route B under this Policy. For a complete list of requirements and documentation for this eligibility route, please refer to "Eligibility Route B2" on the NBCOT website at http://www.nbcot.net/Eligibility_Route.html.

C. Certified/Licensed as an Athletic Trainer with a minimum of six months (1,040 hours) full time employment specific to Orthopaedic Technology specific to Orthopaedic Technology and in accordance with the current Examination Breakdown (JTA) under the direct supervision of a Physician specializing in the musculoskeletal system.


Additional Information

For further details about exam fees, test dates and sites (over 300 testing sites located across the country), continuing education and all other questions relating to certification, please visit www.nbcot.net or contact NBCOT at (866) 466-2268 or via email at nbcot_office@nbcot.net.


Exam Fee Assistance - Doris Hardy Grant

The Doris Hardy Memorial OTC Examination Grant, offered by the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists (NBCOT), covers the cost of all OTC Examination testing fees. For information on this opportunity, eligibility requirements, and application instructions, visit the NBCOT website.