July 2012

BOC introduces emeritus designation

The Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC) is recognizing the knowledge that comes from years of hands-on O&P experience with the introduction of its Emeritus status category.

Emeritus status, given to those who are no longer practicing but still retain the certification title, honors experience, expertise, and quality patient care in the O&P industry. Any BOC-certified practitioner leaving O&P practice with 15 years or more of continuous BOC certification is eligible for self-nomination or nomination by another BOC-certified practitioner. Once BOC staff verify a nominee’s qualifications, the Emeritus-elect will be able to use his or her former credential, followed by the word “Emeritus.”

For more information on BOC’s Emeritus status, visit www.bocusa.org/emeritus.

The BOC is also supporting the O&P field through research contributions, and in June made a contribution to the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice to fund the center’s ongoing work.

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