NEW Ortho Physician Extender (OPE) Certification

Athletic Training Programs – Casting Instruction and NEW Ortho Physician Extender (OPE) Certification

Dear Athletic Training Program Director or Designee:

On behalf of the American Society of Orthopedic Professionals, we are actively taking requests for AT Programs to become an “ASOP Orthopedic Physician Extender (OPE)” program. Currently, ASOP has over 30 undergraduate and graduate AT curriculums participating in this exciting didactic and clinically-based program.

The ASOP OPE program design will allow your athletic training faculty to facilitate a challenging program that leads your students towards value added certification within the orthopedic discipline – the Orthopedic Physician Extender (OPE) examination.

As mentioned, here are a few of the essential program highlights/components you can anticipate aligning with our ASOP PROJECT 52:

• All instruction taking place on your college/university campus – NO workshop travel expenses incurred by faculty or students….your faculty designee may attend a local ASOP casting workshop FREE OF CHARGE, please see for our schedule
o OR — come to sunny downtown St. Petersburg FL for a private workshop (in our state of the art 1500 sq. ft. teaching and research lab) specifically for AT Faculty focusing on the instructional strategies in select orthopedic casting techniques, visit for dates.
o Current faculty may teach OPE curriculum on site along with a local/regional expert recommended/approved by ASOP to support your casting instruction. Each approved program must have one faculty designee as an ASOP member in good standing –and- OPE credentialed.
• ALL instructional materials provided to the teaching faculty (i.e., new textbooks & lab materials, assessment tools and competency checklists, outcome strategies, sample syllabi with course objectives for developing new curriculum, revised instructional PowerPoints and MUCH MORE!)
• Additional credentialing and BOC approved Category A CEUs available for faculty/staff professional development
• Institutional discounts for student and faculty credentialing examinations – OPE
ASOP has strategically aligned with the healthcare field to build the OPE program that supports the career objectives for your future graduates within clinical orthopedics. As such, Dr. Keith Vanic, ATC, is always available for consultation (484-357-3396) to discuss the core curriculum expectations, program outline/teaching materials and exam credentialing.
We are excited to partner with your program, faculty and students with the necessary educational paradigm and added certification pathway to further assist your student’s transition into the clinical orthopedic workforce!

If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the ASOP office at 727-394-1700 or


Charles Barocas, CO
ASOP Executive Director

Keith A. Vanic, PhD, ATC
Chair, ASOP Continuing Education Committee