Certification

Please note that certification of Orthopaedic Physician's Assistants (OPA-C) and Orthopaedic Assistants (OA-C) is handled exclusively by the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Physician's Assistants (NBCOPA)/ National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Assistants (NBCOA). The NBCOPA/NBCOA is a separate entity from the American Society of Orthopaedic Assistants (ASOA), which focuses on continued professional development and education of OPA/OAs. Any questions and inquiries about existing policies, rules, regulations, verification and deadlines relating to certification or recertification should be addressed to Melody Raymond, the NBCOPA/NBCOA's administrator, using the contact information listed below.

Main Contact Information
National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Physician's Assistants (NBCOPA)/National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Assistants (NBCOA)

c/o Melody Raymond, AAOS Special Society Services
6300 North River Road, Suite 727
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 698-1698
Fax: (847) 823-0536
Email: raymond@aaos.org

NBCOPA/NBCOA Board Members and Staff


Board Certification - Exam Information
Information about the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Physician's Assistants (NBCOPA)/National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Assistants (NBCOA) Exam for Board Certification, as well eligiblity, exam fees, application deadlines and dates, format and content and contact information for requesting the exam.


Maintaining Certification
An explanation of the requirements and categories for maintaining NBCOPA/NBCOA certification through CME credits.


Credentialing Packet
Instructions, Information Sheet for Requested Privileges, Guidelines and Standards of Practice for OPA-C/OA-Cs and Verification Sources


Recognition
Information on states that recognize OPA-C/OA-Cs.


Military Duty
A position statement from the NBCOPA/NBCOA on military duty.


Verification of an OPA-C and/or OA-C Credential Search
If you are looking for verification of an OPA-C/OA-C, please click here to do a search. You may search by the indiviuals last and first name.

If official written verification is needed or you have any questions, contact contact Melody Raymond at (847) 698-1698 or via email at raymond@aaos.org to request verification.