4779.12 Eligibility for license - orthotics and prosthetics.

To be eligible for a license to practice orthotics and prosthetics, an applicant must meet the requirements of division (A) of this section, or, if the application is made on or before January 1, 2008, the requirements of either division (A) or (B) of this section:

(A) The requirements of this division are met if the applicant is in compliance with divisions (A)(1), (2), and (3) of this section.

(1) On the date of application, the applicant has practiced orthotics and prosthetics for not less than eight months under the supervision of an individual licensed under this chapter to practice orthotics and prosthetics;

(2) The applicant has completed an orthotics and prosthetics residency program approved by the board under section 4779.27 of the Revised Code;

(3) One of the following is the case:

(a) The applicant holds a bachelor's degree in orthotics and prosthetics from an accredited college or university whose orthotics and prosthetics program is recognized by the state board of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics under section 4779.25 of the Revised Code or an equivalent educational credential from a foreign educational institution recognized by the board;

(b) The applicant holds a bachelor's degree in a subject other than orthotics and prosthetics or an equivalent educational credential from a foreign educational institution recognized by the board and has completed a certificate program in orthotics and prosthetics recognized by the board under section 4779.26 of the Revised Code.

(B) This division applies to applications made on or before January 1, 2008. The requirements of this division are met if the applicant is in compliance with division (B)(1) or (B)(2)(a) or (b) of this section:

(1) If application is made on or before January 1, 2006, the applicant meets all of the following requirements:

(a) Holds an associate's degree or higher from an accredited college or university or an equivalent credential from a foreign educational institution recognized by the board;

(b) Has completed a certificate program in orthotics and prosthetics recognized by the board under section 4779.26 of the Revised Code;

(c) Has six years of documented, full-time experience practicing or teaching orthotics or prosthetics.

(2) If the application is made on or before January 1, 2008, the applicant meets the requirements of division (B)(2)(a) or (b) of this section:

(a)

(i) The applicant holds a bachelor's degree or higher from a nationally accredited college or university or an equivalent credential from a foreign educational institution recognized by the board;

(ii) The applicant holds a valid certificate in orthotics and prosthetics issued by the American board for certification in orthotics and prosthetics, the board for orthotist/prosthetist certification, or an equivalent successor organization recognized by the board;

(iii) The applicant has completed six years of documented, full-time experience practicing or teaching orthotics or prosthetics.

(b)

(i) The applicant holds a bachelor's degree or higher from a nationally accredited college or university or an equivalent credential from a foreign educational institution recognized by the board;

(ii) The applicant has completed a certificate program in orthotics and prosthetics recognized by the board under section 4779.26 of the Revised Code;

(iii) The applicant has completed a residency program in orthotics and prosthetics recognized by the board under section 4779.27 of the Revised Code or has six years of documented, full-time experience practicing or teaching orthotics or prosthetics.

Effective Date: 10-27-2000