Frequently Asked Questions about the Registered Orthopedic Technologist Program.

How do I know if I am able to challenge the ROT examination? If you have one year casting experience under the supervision of an Orthopedic Surgeon OR have attended an ASOP Casting Workshop and work under the supervision of an Orthopedic Surgeon, you can sit for the Registered Orthopedic Technologist Exam.  Certain exemptions do apply on an individual basis.  Students in an eligible orthopedic educational program may challenge the exam. What is the fee for the ROT examination? There is no fee for the ROT examination. If you hold a current membership with the American Society of Orthopedic Professionals the exam is free to you. Only ASOP members are eligible to take the ROT exam. The two year ASOP membership cycle (which includes the exam) is only $200.00. ASOP membership and required continuing education (24 hours every two years) must be completed to maintain your ROT certification. ASOP is also a membership/educational organization and will help you with your required continuing education for your other certifications such as RT, LPN, ATC, CO, COF, etc. If you attended an ASOP Casting Workshopyou will receive a free six month membership in ASOP and be eligible to take the ROT exam.  If you pass the exam you will need to renew your ASOP membership at the end of the six months to the regular two year membership for $200.00 to maintain your ROT credential.  How do I register for the ROT exam? All ASOP members need only email (from their own email) a request to ASOP to take the exam. Please use ROT as the subject and send the request to asop.jacob@gmail.com. A special link to the exam will be emailed back to the ASOP member within 5 working days. How is the exam given? The exam is taken online in open book format or it can be proctored by your facility if they wish. You are expected to answer all questions on your own.  Collaboration with others is not permitted.   There are 103 randomized questions in Anatomy, Patient Safety, Medical Terminology, Orthopedic Medicine & Procedures. There is no time limit for the exam.  Once you start the exam you should complete it at one sitting.  If you fail the exam you can repeat it.  Passing is 70%.   How do I study for the exam? All new ASOP members will receive a two hundred page online study guide and the online Manual of Fracture Casting and Bracing by Dr. Augusto Sarmiento. All casting workshop students who receive a free 6 month ASOP membership will receive the online study guide and manual.   Practical Fracture Treatment by Ronald Mcrae (any edition is OK) is also recommended and is available on Amazon.com as well as a medical terminology text. ASOP members can also take advantage of the Anatomy and Terminology distance learning courses available at no charge to all members. A practice exam is located at www.castingworkshop.com on the student download page. It is a download marked “21 exams”. Is ROT certification required to cast patients? There is no state licensure for Orthopedic Technologist in any state. There is no specific state government requirement to be an ROT. The orthopedic professional certification of the staff is up to the employer. Most large health organizations & practices are now requiring passing a certification program such as ASOP’s to be employed as an Orthopedic Technologist. Medicare/CMS requires that billed office procedures be done by qualified personnel. Having an ROT certificate on the wall shows the patient and government inspection agencies that qualified personnel are preforming the procedures and working within their scope of practice.  Casting is not within the scope of practice of a Medical Assistant.  If you are an CMA/MA or hold another certification or state license that does not include casting in your scope of practice, you should consider the ROT certification to protect your future employment in orthopedics. What is the first step to becoming an ROT? The first step is to join ASOP online using your own credit card. If you are not using your own credit card, please call 727-394-1700 to join ASOP. Your welcome pack will be emailed to you within 10 working days. Please wait for the pack before taking the exam.  Are Continuing Education hours required to maintain my ROT Certification?  Yes!  If you have passed the ROT exam with less  than 6 months remaining on the ROT certification, you are not required to do CE.  However, when you renew for the 2 year ASOP membership and ROT renewal, you will be required to do 24 hours of continuing education over the next two years.  This can be in any medical field including radiology, athletic training, infection control, CPR, etc.  Keep records using the CE form on the ASOP website. How do I renew my ROT Certification? You can go online and renew your ASOP Membership/ROT Certification for 2 years. You are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education.  Keep records using the CE form on the ASOP website.  You may be asked to fax the form to us during the renewal process.  Starting in December 2014, if you wait till after your expiration date to renew, there is a $50.00 penalty to renew.