Department of Public Health


“Prosthetist” means a health care professional, specifically educated and trained in prosthetic patient care, who measures, designs, fabricates, fits, or services prostheses and may assist in the formulation of the order and treatment plan of prostheses for the replacement of external parts of the human body lost due to amputation or congenital deformities or absences.

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

Who Applies Persons who are eligible to practice as prosthetists 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 prosthetics. IAC 645-221.3 allows for the (ABC) American Board for Certification or the (BOC) Board of Certification, International exam in prosthetics.

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

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

Fee Structure Initial License: Renewal:

Renewal Requirements

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

Additional Information Online applications may be made at: The Board of Podiatry home page can be accessed at:

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Bureau of Professional Licensure
Lucas Building
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319