A Certified Prosthetist CP(c) is a highly trained healthcare professional, experienced in the design and manufacture of artificial body parts.
They work closely with a team of medical professionals that may include your 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 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.