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Scopes of Practice

The following information was taken from the OPC Practice Analysis Survey that was completed in December 2014 by ProExam Services Inc.  For further information about the practice analysis survey, please contact the OPC National Office.

Orthotic Practice Areas

Table 39 documents the percentage of work time that Certified Orthotists (CO(c)) and Registered Technician in Orthotics (RTO(c)) spend in each practice area.  As can be seen, both cohorts spend more than two thirds of their time in the lower extremity practice area (70% and 76%, respectively).  Neither cohort spends more than 10% of their time in any other specifically identified practice area.

Table 39

Percentage of work time in orthotic practice areas  by level of credential and total

 CO
% of time
RTO
% of time
Total
% of time
Lower Extremity 70% 76% 71%
Spinal 10% 7% 9%
Scoliosis 5% 4% 5%
Upper Extremity 9% 8% 9%
Cranial 6% 3% 5%
Seating <1% 1% <1%
Other <1% 1% <1%


Prosthetic Practice Areas

As documented in Table 30, both Certified Prosthetists (CP(c)) and Registered Technician in Prosthetics (RTP(c)) respondents spend the most time with transtibial patients (49% and 36%, respectively), and somewhat less time with transfemoral patients (20% and 19%, respectively).  CPs and RTPs spend 6% and 9%, respectively, of time with transradial or wrist disarticulation patients, and less time in all other practice area.

Table 30

Percentage of time in prosthetic practice areas by level of credential and total

 CP
%
RTP
%
Total
%
Partial Foot 4% 9% 5%
Ankle disarticulation 5% 5% 5%
Transtibial 49% 36% 46%
Van Nes 2% 6% 3%
Knee disarticulation 5% 4% 5%
Transfemoral 20% 19% 20%
Hip disarticulation/hemipelvectomy 2% 2% 2%
Transradial or wrist disarticulation 6% 9% 7%
Partial hand 3% 3% 3%
Transhumeral or elbow disarticulation 3% 4% 3%
Shoulder disarticulation/forequarter 1% 1% 1%