Required examination. To qualify for a license, an applicant must pass a competency examination, unless exempted (see the rules §821.15 Acquiring Licensure as a Uniquely Qualified Person) or the applicant holds a license in a state that has licensing requirements that are equal to or exceed the Texas requirements (see the rules §821.17 Licensing by Examination).
Form of examinations. Examinations are offered in both prosthetics and orthotics.
Applications for examination. Once a licensure application is approved, the applicant will be sent an examination registration form. If an applicant wishes to take a scheduled examination he or she must complete the registration form and return it with the appropriate fee by the established deadline. Applicants who fail to apply for and take the licensure examination within a three year period after the examination approval notice is sent may have that approval withdrawn.
Locations. To Be Determined - For additional information, contact the Board office.
Exam Dates. Licensed students who wish to take the state examination must notify Board staff by the notification deadlines. A student who contacts the American Board of Certification without first notifying Board staff risk having their passing scores declared inadmissible.
Examination Dates: August 13-18, 2012
Notification Deadline: June 8, 2012
Examination Dates: November 12-17, 2012
Notification Deadline: September 7, 2012
Results. Examination results will be mailed within 30 days of the examination. If examination results will be delayed for more than 90 days after the examination, the applicants will be notified of the reason for the delay. The official notice of results to applicants is stated as "pass" or "fail" only.
Failures. An applicant who fails the examination may take a subsequent examination after paying the examination fee. If the applicant wants an analysis of his or her performance, the request must be in writing sent to the board's address. If an applicant fails the examination three times, his or her application will be denied unless the applicant either:
- furnished the board an official transcript from an accredited college or university indicating completed course work taken for credit with a passing grade in the areas of weakness determined by analysis of the previous examinations; or
- furnished the board with evidence that the applicant completed an 80-hour planned, structured and personalized tutorial in each area of weakness directed and supervised by a licensed prosthetist, orthotist, or prosthetist/orthotist licensed in the discipline of the examination taken by the applicant.
An applicant who completes the course work must file an updated application for examination with the application fee.
Qualifications for initial examination. The applicant must:
- have completed the requirements described in the rules at §821.17 Licensing by Examination, or
- be within 700 hours of completing the clinical residency requirements described in the rules §821.31 Standards, Guidelines, and Procedures for a Professional Clinical Residency. The entire clinical residency must be completed before the applicant may be issued a license.