Chapter 4779-5 Examination; Licensing

4779-5-01 The examinations.

For applicants for licensure by Ohio examination, the board recognizes the orthotics and prosthetics and pedorthics practitioner-level examinations offered by the American board for certification in orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics (ABC). These examinations shall be administered in accordance with the provisions of the agreement between the board and the ABC. In the case of the orthotic and prosthetic examinations, the board shall only require passing scores for the "written" and "written simulation" practitioner examinations.

Replaces: 4779-5-01

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/27/2012 and 10/01/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4779.08
Rule Amplifies: 4779.10 , 4779.11 , 4779.12 , 4779.13 , 4779.15
Prior Effective Dates: 08/09/02, 11/01/08

4779-5-02 Admission to the examination.

(A) An applicant for Ohio examination must have an approved application for licensure form on file with the board. Before an applicant may be issued a license or be approved to sit for the examination as an Ohio candidate, the applicant must demonstrate that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements of section 4779.09 of the Revised Code as well as the requirements for the particular license type.

(B) In the case of an applicant for licensure pursuant to sections 4779.10 , 4779.11 , and 4779.12 of the Revised Code, if the applicant has not already taken and passed the written and written simulation examinations as administered by the American board for certification in orthoticsm prosthetics, and pedorthics (ABC) for the respective practitioner areas of practice, the board shall notify the American board for certification in orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics of the applicant's approved status for taking the Ohio license exam in orthotics or prosthetics, whichever is indicated. The applicant is responsible for exam fees and all costs and fees associated with that exam shall be paid to the ABC or its contracted testing agency.

(C) In the case of an applicant for licensure pursuant to section 4779.13 of the Revised Code, if the candidate has not already taken and passed the exam for certification in pedorthics, the board shall notify the American board for certification in orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics (ABC) of the applicant's approved status for taking the Ohio license exam in pedorthics, and of the board's approval of the candidate's application. The applicant is responsible for exam fees and all costs and fees associated with that exam shall be paid to the ABC or its contracted testing agency.

(D) In the case of an applicant for a temporary license pursuant to section 4779.18 of the Revised Code, the successful application submitted and processed shall be considered to stand as the application for a full license pursuant to section 4779.10 , 4779.11 , 4779.12 , or 4779.13 of the Revised Code, and the successful applicant shall be issued an approval to sit for exam notice pursuant to the arrangements between the state board of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics, and the American board for certification in orthotics, prosthetics and pedorthics. Such an approval to sit for exam notice shall be effective for up to two years, in accordance with the statutory limitation of the duration of the temporary license as provided for in section 4779.18 of the Revised Code. An application for a temporary license pursuant to section 4779.18 of the Revised Code shall also comply with the requirements of rule 4779-6-01 of the Administrative Code.

(E) An applicant for Ohio examination approved for admission to exam by the state board of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics, shall comply with any and all deadlines established by the American board for certification in orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics (ABC), or other test vendor approved for license exam administration by the state board of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics, and any contracted testing agencies. An approval for admission to exam issued by the state board of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics is valid for thirty-six months from date of initial issuance of the approval letter or the associated temporary license, whichever is the later date if different.

Effective: 04/01/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/27/2012 and 01/02/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4779.08
Rule Amplifies: 4779.09 , 4779.10 , 4779.11 , 4779.12 , 4779.13 , 4779.15 , 4779.18
Prior Effective Dates: 8/9/02, 04/09/2007; 11/01/2008, 11/01/2010

4779-5-03 License application procedure.

(A) The following requirements apply to all applicants seeking licensure under section 4779.09 of the Revised Code. A candidate for a full license in orthotics, prosthetics, prosthetics-orthotics, or pedorthics who has already been granted a temporary license under section 4779.18 of the Revised Code and is practicing under that license may advance the temporary license to full license status by documenting completion of the remaining requirements without submitting a new license application. For a license to be issued pursuant to section 4779.10 , 4779.11 , or section 4779.12 of the Revised Code, submit proof of successful completion of the examinations as provided by paragraph (B) of rule 4779-5-02 of the Administrative Code. For a license to be issued pursuant to section 4779.13 of the Revised Code, submit proof of completion of supervision as required by paragraph (E) (2) of this rule of the Administrative Code and successful completion of the examination as provided by paragraph (C) of rule 4779-5-02 of the Administrative Code.

(1) An applicant shall submit a completed application on a form prescribed by the board together with an appropriate fee in accordance with rule 4779-12-01 of the Administrative Code.

(2) If an application is received which appears to be incomplete, the board shall send the applicant within thirty days a notice of incomplete application by email and/or regular first class mail stating that the application appears to be incomplete and stating the elements or criteria that appear to be missing or insufficient. If an application remains incomplete more than thirty days after the board issues a notice of incomplete application, the board shall send the applicant a notice informing that the application, unless withdrawn, is subject to the board's proposal to deny by issuance of a notice of opportunity for hearing pursuant to section 119.07 of the Revised Code.

(3) The application shall contain an attestation that the applicant is at least eighteen years old, of good moral character, and meets the requirements of section 4779.10 , 4779.11 , 4779.12 or 4779.13 of the Revised Code.

(4) An applicant may withdraw an application by submitting a request in writing.

No refund of application fee will be made by the board.

(5) An applicant seeking his or her first license issued by the state board of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics shall comply with the criminal record check requirements of section 4779.091 of the Revised Code and rule 4779-5-05 of the Administrative Code.

(B) In addition, an application for a license to practice orthotics must document compliance with the following requirements:

(1) A post-secondary educational credential of at least a bachelors of arts degree;

(2) A certificate of completion of a post-graduate certificate program in orthotics, unless the applicant's post-secondary educational credential is a bachelors or masters degree specifically in orthotics and prosthetics;

(3) Completion of a residency program in orthotics consisting of nineteen hundred hours supervised by a practitioner certified in orthotics;

(4) A letter or statement from an Ohio-licensed orthotist or prosthetist-orthotist, attesting to having conducted supervision for at least an eight-month period (required if residency not conducted under Ohio-licensed supervisor);

(5) Proof of submission of fingerprints for criminal record checks by the Ohio bureau of criminal identification and investigation (BCII) and the federal bureau of investigation (FBI), if the application is for the first issuance of a license.

(C) In addition, an application for a license to practice prosthetics must document compliance with the following requirements:

(1) A post-secondary educational credential of at least a bachelors of arts degree;

(2) A certificate of completion of a post-graduate certificate program in prosthetics, unless the applicant's post-secondary educational credential is a bachelors or masters degree specifically in orthotics and prosthetics;

(3) Completion of a residency program in prosthetics consisting of nineteen hundred hours supervised by a practitioner certified in prosthetics;

(4) A letter or statement from an Ohio-licensed prosthetist or prosthetist-orthotist, attesting to having conducted supervision for at least an eight-month period (required if residency not conducted under Ohio-licensed supervisor);

(5) Proof of submission of fingerprints for criminal record checks by the Ohio bureau of criminal identification and investigation (BCII) and the federal bureau of investigation (FBI), if the application is for the first issuance of a license.

(D) In addition, an application for a license to practice orthotics and prosthetics must document compliance with the following requirements:

(1) A post-secondary educational credential of at least a bachelors of arts degree;

(2) A certificate of completion of post-graduate certificate programs in prosthetics and orthotics, unless the applicant's post-secondary educational credential is a bachelors or masters degree specifically in orthotics and prosthetics;

(3) Completion of a residency program in prosthetics and orthotics, consisting of nineteen hundred hours supervised by a practitioner certified in prosthetics, and nineteen hundred hours supervised by a practitioner certified in orthotics;

(4) A letter or statement from an Ohio-licensed prosthetist-orthotist, attesting to having conducted supervision for at least an eight-month period (required if residency not conducted under Ohio-licensed supervisor);

(5) Proof of submission of fingerprints for criminal record checks by the Ohio bureau of criminal identification and investigation (BCII) and the federal bureau of investigation (FBI), if the application is for the first issuance of a license;

(6) An applicant who holds a license in orthotics and successfully completes all the requirements for a license in prosthetics shall be issued a new license in prosthetics-orthotics.

(7) An applicant who holds a license in prosthetics and successfully completes all the requirements for a license in orthotics shall be issued a new license in prosthetics-orthotics.

(E) In addition, an application for a license to practice pedorthics must document compliance with the following requirements:

(1) A high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalence.

(2) A statement from the supervising pedorthist, orthotist, prosthetist, or prosthetist-orthotist, that the applicant has practiced for eight months under the supervisor's oversight and direction. The statement shall be provided on a form prescribed by the state board of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics which requires attestation of completion of one thousand hours of pedorthic care practice under supervision by the licensed supervisor, including at least one hundred hours devoted to each of the following five general areas of service delivery:

(a) Comprehensive assessment and evaluation of patients requiring the full spectrum of pedorthic care, including:

(i) Custom fabricated and custom fitted foot orthoses

(ii) Therapeutic/diabetic shoes, depth shoes and custom shoes

(iii) Prefabricated inserts, custom fitted, moldable and rigid

(iv) Shoe modifications

(v) Retail, non-therapeutic shoes and foot orthoses

(b) Development of a comprehensive treatment plan to provide appropriate pedorthic care.

(c) Selection of materials and components to meet the treatment plan. On-site fabrication of the device where facilities are available. Working knowledge of how various devices are fabricated if fabrication is not done at the facility.

(d) Fitting and appropriate follow-up of the pedorthic device to assure optimal fit and function of the device. This includes modifications and adjustments of the device to ensure proper and continued function and instructing patient on the use and care of the device with verbal and take-home instructions where indicated or required.

(e) Appropriate documentation of patient care and interaction, including records are accurate, current and complete, and that principles and procedures of practice management are understood.

(3) Completion of the training, education, and/or experience requirements necessary to sit for the certification in pedorthics ("C.Ped.") examination conducted by the American board for certification in orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics (ABC).

(4) Proof of submission of fingerprints for criminal record checks by the Ohio bureau of criminal identification and investigation (BCII) and the federal bureau of investigation (FBI), if the application is for the first issuance of a license

(F) Each applicant must pass an examination approved by the board pursuant to section 4779.15 of the Revised Code.

Effective: 11/01/2010
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/10/2010 and 10/01/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4779.08
Rule Amplifies: 4779.09 , 4779.10 , 4779.11 , 4779.12 , 4779.13 , 4779.15 , 4779.18
Prior Effective Dates: 8/9/02, 01/23/2003; 11/01/2008

4779-5-04 Limited reciprocity.

(A) In accordance with division (A)(4) of section 4779.17 of the Revised Code, an applicant who holds a license issued by another state may obtain a license to practice orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics in the state of Ohio if the out-of-state applicant:

(1) Qualifies for licensure in the state of Ohio, except for the passage of the examination as required under sections 4779.09 and 4779.15 of the Revised Code; and

(2) Holds a valid license issued by the appropriate licensing entity of another state and has not been issued a license in another state that has been revoked or is currently under suspension or probation or remains under the effect of any other current disciplinary action.

(B) Prior to practicing in Ohio, applicants who are licensed in another jurisdiction must:

(1) Complete a profession-specific application form and file this form with the Ohio orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics board.

(2) Submit any documentation necessary to support the qualifications mentioned in paragraph (A)(1) or (A)(2) of this rule, and pursuant to the profession-specific requirements of paragraphs (B) to (E) of rule 4779-5-03 of the Administrative Code.

(3) An applicant seeking his or her first license issued by the state board of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics shall comply with the criminal record check requirements of section 4779.091 of the Revised Code and rule 4779-5-05 of the Administrative Code.

(4) Applicants that fail to meet the qualifications for this exemption will be subject to the procedures and requirements contained in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(3) of rule 4779-5-03 of the Administrative Code.

(C) Out-of- state residents shall update the Ohio orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics board within thirty working days of any change in orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics employment in the state of Ohio or any change in state-of-residence or state-of-employment status.

Effective: 04/01/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/27/2012 and 01/02/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4779.08
Rule Amplifies: 4779.17
Prior Effective Dates: 8/9/02, 01/23/03, 11/01/2008

4779-5-05 Criminal records check requirements.

(A) All applicants for initial licensure in orthotics, prosthetics, orthotics and prosthetics, or pedorthics, shall submit to a criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation (BCII) in accordance with sections 4779.091 and 4776.02 of the Revised Code. The results of the criminal records check shall be received by the board prior to the issuance of a license to practice in orthotics, prosthetics, orthotics and prosthetics, or pedorthics.

(B) An applicant requesting a criminal records check shall provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name and address and with the name and address for the (Ohio) state board of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics, and with the board's BCII agency code. The applicant will comply with any procedures or requirements as specified by BCII.

(C) In the request, the applicant shall ask the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation to obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(D) The state board of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics will only accept the results of a criminal records check that is submitted to the board directly by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation.

(E) The state board of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics shall maintain information regarding criminal record check requirements on its official website.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/27/2012 and 10/01/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4779.08 ; 4776.03
Rule Amplifies: 4779.091
Prior Effective Dates: 11/01/2008