ProsthetistA prosthetist is an allied health professional who is specifically trained and educated to provide or manage the provision of a custom-designed, fabricated, modified, and fitted external limb prosthesis, based on a clinical assessment and a physician’s prescription. A prosthesis is an artificial extension that replaces a missing body part. Prostheses are typically used to replace parts lost by injury (traumatic) or missing from birth (congenital) or to supplement defective body parts.
Practitioners who successfully complete the education, experience, and examination requirements prescribed by the American Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc. (ABC) are conferred the credentials of Certified Prosthetist (CP). The credentials of Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist (CPO) is conferred to practitioners whose responsibilities conform to those of both orthotist and prosthetist and who successfully fulfill all of the requirements in both disciplines.