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
Fax: (315) 476-8840
Email: [email protected]
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
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.
Eligiblity Routes for Certification
To qualify to sit for the certification examination, an orthopaedic technologist must meet one of the five criteria listed below:
A. Two-years of full time on the job training in Orthopaedics specific to Orthopaedic Technology, under the direct supervision of an Orthopaedic Physician.
B. Completion of an Orthopaedic Technologist School/Program, plus 1 year full-time employment specific to Orthopaedic Technology. Certified copies of your Official transcripts must be sent and received directly from your school before your application will be processed.
C. Completion of a currently NAOT Recognized Orthopaedic Technologist School/Program, or US Military Program.
NAOT Recognized School/Program Applicants must submit a copy of your Certificate of Graduation. Externships must be completed before application will be accepted.
NOTE: Any candidate applying under Eligibility Route C must have graduated from the NAOT Recognized Orthopaedic Technologist Program/School within one (1) year of applying to take the OTC® Examination.
US Military applicants must submit a US Military issued copy of course completion or a CERTIFIED COPY of your DD214 listing your Orthopaedic Training. Photocopies of the DD214 form ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.
D. Certified/Licensed as an Athletic Trainer with a minimum of six months full time employment specific to Orthopaedic Technology under the direct supervision of an Orthopaedic Physician.
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 [email protected]
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