ABC Orthotic Fitter Course - 100% Online Class
An ABC Certified Fitter of Orthotics is a professional who is competent in fitting prefabricated, head to toe orthoses, including neck, back, arm, knee, ankle and foot braces. This 40-hour ABC approved course consists of an online and a live component, and is approved by ABC for their Certified Fitter of Orthotics Board Examination.
How it works:
CFS has worked with the American Board for Certification in Orthotics Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) to offer a 100% online Orthotic Fitter Course to the healthcare community. This class is 100% online, with NO TRAVEL until May 31, 2022. The student must be completed with the entire course (all online work + the Zoom) no later than May 31, 2022 to take advantage of the 100% Online course. If the student is not completed with the entire course by May 31, 2022, they will be charged an additional fee and must participate in a LIVE in-person 2-day class for the "hands-on" lab portion of the class.
(3/18/2022 - We just received notification from ABC that the deadline has been extended to July 1, 2022. So all 100% Online students will need to be completed with everything by JUNE 30, 2022.)
Part I of the Orthotic Fitter Course is completed self-paced online via Distance Learning. This portion of the course consists of narrated PowerPoint lectures, printable lecture notes, lab assignments, study activities and self-assessments. Successful completion of all lab assignments is required for attendance of the live portion of the class. This portion of the class is estimated to take between 16 - 24 hours to complete, depending on how quickly the student works. The average time per module is 50 minutes.
Part II of the Orthotic Fitter Course is completed during a live, instructor led, web-based session that spans two eight-hour days, via the ZOOM video conferencing application. This portion of the course consists of completion of various lab assignments, demonstrated by the instructor and reproduced by the students using a mock patient at their location.
Many devices, both contemporary and historical, will be discussed. However, students will only be responsible for fitting an abbreviated set of braces (basic set). Students are solely responsible for obtaining a basic set of braces and tools and to have a mock patient (family member, friend, coworker) available both days. A desktop, laptop or cell phone with webcam and microphone is required. Free application download is required. The student is not limited to any one brand or specific styling in order to foster diversity in devices. This will potentially expose the other students to devices and fitting techniques they may not otherwise be familiar with. The basic set of recommended braces and tools may be new or used, and are outlined below:
(1) Pair Therapeutic Shoes to fit Mock Patient
(1) Pair Heat Moldable Diabetic Insoles
(1) Heat Gun
(1) Brannock Device
(1) Pair Gloves
(1) Tape measure
(1) Pair Compression Socks to fit mock patient
(1) Rigid Cervical Collar
(1) WHO with Thumb Spica
(1) Clavicle Splint
(1) Shoulder Immobilizer
(1) Shoulder Abduction Device
(1) Neoprene Hinged Knee Brace
(1) OA Unloader
(1) Functional KO
(1) Post-op ROM
(1) Knee Immobilizer
(1) CAM Walker
(1) Night Splint
(1) Prefab AFO
(1) Hyperextension Brace
(1) LSO with AP/ML control
(1) TLSO with AP Control
(1) TLSO AP/ML Control
Each student will be assessed on indications/contraindications for the device, successful identification of pertinent landmarks, successful donning of the device, instructing the mock patient in donning, doffing and care of the device, and troubleshooting fit. Successful completion of all lab assignments is required for eligibility to take the final exam. Successful completion of the final exam with a score of 70% or greater is required for successful completion of the course and certificate award. This portion of the class is estimated to take 16 hours (2 days 8am-5pm CST) to complete.
Once the student signs up for this class, they will be given some tentative class dates to choose from. We will not run a video conference with less than 4 students and are limiting the video conference to 6 students at a time. (If all the students are at the same location, this number may vary. )