Thank you for visiting the Prosthetics section of the Orthotics Prosthetics Canada Website. This area is organized to present general information about prosthetics and information to specific key audiences that have questions about prosthetics from the respective perspectives.
Research shows that quality of life depends heavily on the quality of mobility and independence. Active people can pursue their career, special interests and contribute to the world around them. A loss of mobility and/or independence robs them of those opportunities.
Supplying replacement limbs when necessary, saves the public healthcare system significant future costs. Timely treatment that preserves or helps regain mobility not only makes sense, it also costs taxpayers and insurers less.
If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact OPC at 613-595-1919 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The role of a Certified Prosthetist CP(c)
A Certified Prosthetist CP(c) is a highly trained healthcare professional, experienced in the design and manufacture of artificial limbs.
They work closely with a team of medical professionals that may include a physician, surgeon, physical and occupational therapist to ensure the best results for each individual. Certified Prosthetists CP(c) are the only health professionals with extensive training, knowledge and understanding of artificial limbs.
The Certified Prosthetist’s primary responsibilities are to evaluate, design, fabricate, fit and deliver an artificial limb or prosthesis. They also provide follow-up care once the prosthesis has been delivered. All these services help optimize a patient’s functional outcome.
Did You Know?
- Certified Prosthetists CPs(c) have been credentialed in Canada for over 50 years.
- Only an OPC credentialed prosthetist can use the “Certified Prosthetist CP(c)” title and acronym.
- CPs(c) are recognized as authorized providers by most provincial and private health care plans.
- Training to become a CP(c) requires:
- A university degree, plus
- 2 years in an accredited post graduate prosthetics and orthotics program, plus
- 2 years of prosthetic Residency under the supervision of a Certified Prosthetist, and
- successful completion of national written and practical credentialing exams.
A Certified Prosthetist CP(c) is ethically bound to treat and fit an amputee with only the prosthetic devices that are appropriate for the patient to achieve independence, safety, comfort and improve function.