REGISTRANT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- What is the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy's Independent Study Course (ISC) series?
The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy offers a series of Independent Study Courses (ISCs) on contemporary topics designed to strengthen clinical practice. Each course consists of 1, 2, 3, 6, or 12 monographs and an exam. Once published and for 5 years, courses are "active" — meaning they may be taken for continuing education credit.
- Why is it best to log in to the website before placing an order?
If you are an Academy member, you will automatically see the discounted non-member rates and be charged correctly for your purchase.
- What if I forget my password?
If you have forgotten your password, please click “Forgot your password?” An email will be sent to you. Please click the link in the email and follow the directions to set up your password. If you do not receive the email, please check your spam folder and be sure to designate orthoptlearn.org a trusted website so that you receive messages from us.
- What if I need to change my password?
If you have signed in and wish to change your password, please click on your name in this site’s top blue navigation bar. You will then see your “My Account” screen where you may change your password at any time. When you click the "Reset Password" button, an email will be sent to you. Please click the link in the email and follow the directions to set your new password.
- Should I use a particular browser to access orthoptlearn.org?
We recommend using Chrome or Firefox. Internet Explorer may also be used, but appears to be slow to download PDF files of brochures and course monographs.
- In what formats are these courses available?
Courses are available on this website in PDF format. Individual registrants who purchase online-only access may use one or both of these formats. ISC registrants also may receive a printed copy of a course by selecting the print + online purchase option. Course materials are printed when ordered and mailed to registrants who buy them. The printed copy is shipped directly from Sheridan Press via FedEx and will arrive within 7-10 business days. Special packages are also available for residency programs. Program directors are invited to contact the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy office for details.
- If I order a print copy of a course, how long does it take to receive the course?
You can expect your print copy of the course to arrive in 7-10 business days.
- Can the printed course be shipped to a PO Box?
It is best to ship your order to a street address for quicker delivery. If the course is shipped to a PO Box, please expect a longer shipping time (14 business days +).
- Can I place an order in my name for someone else?
Only the registrant named may earn contact hours.
- Why do I have to fill out a survey before accessing my certificate?
Your feedback is very important to us and allows us to continue to improve our independent study course series. The survey is quick and won’t take a lot of your time. We do ask that you answer every question.
- Can I access the final exam before actually taking it?
We include a PDF study aide that can be accessed as you study.
- How long do I have to take the exam?
We ask that you complete your course within a year; however, as long as the course is active (not archived), you may still take the final exam.
- What is the passing score?
The passing score for all ISCs is 70%.
- Can I retake the exam if I fail?
Yes, you may retake the exam 2 additional times; however, there is a fee for the second retake exam. Fees are: $25 for 3-monograph courses; $50 for 6-monograph courses; and $75 for Current Concepts or other courses consisting of more than 6 monographs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on retaking an exam.
- Why do you only obtain CEU approvals in certain states?
The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy’s Independent Study Course (ISC) program has continuing education approval from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), which, in turn, is designated an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The Academy also independently pursues approval of its ISC courses with Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, California, and Texas. Registrants from other states must apply to their individual State Licensure Boards for approval of continuing education credit based on the number of contact hours accompanying each ISC.
- What happens when courses are no longer active?
Five years after their publication dates, ISC courses and their exams expire and are no longer available for credit. However, a selection of complete archived courses remain useful for study. These archived courses are available for purchase through this site at reduced rates.