Department of Public Health


“Orthotist” means a health care professional, specifically educated and trained in orthotic patient care, who measures, designs, fabricates, fits, or services orthoses and may assist in the formulation of the order and treatment plan of orthoses for the support or correction of disabilities caused by neuromusculoskeletal diseases, injuries, or deformities.

Code Citation IC, Chapter 148F; 645 IAC 220-224

Who Applies Persons who are eligible to practice as orthotists in Iowa.

When To Apply After all education and residency requirements for licensure have been met.

Initial Requirements Prospective licensees will need a minimum of a bachelor\’s degree and completion of an education program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Prospective licensees will have to complete a one year residency program accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic & Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). Prospective licensees will have to pass a national exam in orthotics. IAC 645-221.3 allows for the (ABC) American Board for Certification or the (BOC) Board of Certification, International exam in orthotics.

Duration 6 to 29 months for initial, 2 years for renewal.

Processing Time 30 days after submission of all required materials. Online license renewal available in real time. Online license renewal in real time.

Fee Structure Initial License: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/645.5.pdf Renewal: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/645.5.pdf

Renewal Requirements http://idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Podiatry/Continuing-Education

Exam Applicants must pass either the American Board of Certification exam in orthotics or the Board of Certification, International exam in orthotics.

Additional Information Online applications may be made at: https://ibplicense.iowa.gov/PublicPortal/Iowa/IBPL/common/index.jsp# The Board of Podiatry home page can be accessed at: http://idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Podiatry

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321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319