FAQ

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 Workshop you 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.

 

  27 comments for “FAQ

  1. k3lz09@gmail.com
    September 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    How many times will I be able to take the ROT examination?
    Three times without a delay. Then you have to wait 1 month before taking it again…time to study

  2. efrainespinoza14
    October 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    requesting a link to take exam.. You can’t request it here. You must send an email.

  3. jpruitt64
    October 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Does the test have to be all at one time or can it be spread out for the four hours?

  4. kimd@vtortho.com
    November 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Where can a medical assistant work on CE credits to maintain certification?
    ASOP accepts CE from any medical source. CPR, In-services by drug or brace reps, etc. Read 100 pages of a medical journal and assign yourself 1 hr of CE

  5. December 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    We are now asking that the ROT test be taken all at once. This is due to spotty internet service that can knock you off and then you might have to start again from the beginning.

  6. December 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    You request the exam by emailing cbarocas@asop.org with ROT in the Subject line

  7. December 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    1. You can attend courses at your local hospital.
    2. You can attend courses nationally given by various organizations such as ASOP
    3. You can read peer reviewed journals. 100 pages = 1 hour of CE
    4. You can write an article or produce a power point presentation 1000 words = 3 hrs CE. 25 slides = 2 hers CE
    etc etc etc

  8. Mae Stinnett
    January 26, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    Hello. I recently renew my membership. My ROT Certificate is also expiring. Do i get an updated ROT Certificate overtime I renew my membership? Thank you….

  9. sflieg9327
    January 31, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    I registered for membership on 1/22/15 and haven’t received my materials yet. Is there an expected timeframe?

  10. February 3, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    You should have your materials within three weeks of joining. please call the office if you did not receive your membership package

  11. February 3, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Yes, you do receive a new ROT certificate when you renew

  12. n2bakin@aol.com
    April 30, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Mr. Barocas
    I am due for renewal of my membership this June. I would like to know too if I am qualified as O2/O3?
    Been casting for 25 years or so, I just need to know where I stand.
    Do I need to take another exam for membership renewal?
    Thanks/td

  13. May 23, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    The ROT is the same as the OT2 for large practices. It is the same exam. Read the ROT FAQ’s on the ASOP home page for more info.
    The OT3 is the Master Caster exam. We are now re-writing the exam for this and it will be out in August.

  14. Cwilson81
    September 15, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Where do we find the CEU guidlines? Im very new to this and a bit confused on what to do for the CEUs.

  15. September 26, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Please read the ROT FAQ’s on the ASOP home page. Use the preprinted form under the “Continuing Ed” link. You can use CPR as well as any in-service you receive. Reading medical journals count. 100 pages equals one hr of CE. Any conference you attend counts.

  16. daisyRC99
    September 26, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    I have a question about the CEs. I am also a registered X-ray tech. I maintain CE credits of 24 per 2 years with them. I notice that the CE credits can be in radiology. If I have a book and post test that is taken that the ARRT assigns 25 CE credits for through them, can I use that education for my 24 CE credits with ASOP? There isn’t anything that discusses how many credits we receive from ASOP of anther organization states it is valued at 24-25.

  17. September 29, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    Yes you can. ASOP accepts ASRT approved CE courses hour for hour

  18. jcrodz50
    October 26, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    how do I access the study materials that are accessible online? How do I take the baseline test?

  19. November 1, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Go to castingworkshop.com and click on student downloads

  20. Cassandra Garrison
    November 10, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    how many CE’s does CPR recertification give? it was a 4hr class that I had to take, would that count as 4hrs of CE’s? and for the articles we read should we just document which articles we read or do we need to write a summary of it for it to count?

  21. Sonya
    November 17, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    How do I know how many hours of CEU to credit myself for doing different things? For instance CPR or the articles under the “Continuing Ed” tab. There is only one article that says it is worth 1 CEU, but the others do not say. I understand we can use in services from reps and such. I am just confused as to how many for each different type we credit ourselves. Thanks!!!

  22. November 22, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    CPR is 1hr of attendance equals one hour of CE
    100 pages of a peer reviewed journal readings equals 1 CE. ASOP articles online equal 1/4 Hr CE

  23. Amber Lee Clapp
    February 16, 2017 at 7:53 PM

    I took the casting workshop Oct 2015, then took the exam and passed in Jan 2016, this is all within the 6 months as advised. My Cert Expires April 2017. To clarify: on the website it says I can pay the $200 membership fee and I will not be required to complete CE’s at this time.
    1) This will extend my Cert date to April of 2019, and before this next renewal I will have to complete the 24 CE’s?
    2) I tried to see about paying the $200 now but it shows a 0$ balance- does this mean I can not pay now and have to wait till April 2017?
    With getting CE’s… 3) Am I able to sign up with ANY company that if offering casting classes/CE’s (example AOTC)?
    4) Is ASOP going to always be the organization that with the completed CE’s, renew my national license as an ROT?

    Sorry for the multiple questions and I hope they make sense. Thank you!

  24. benkoller
    May 21, 2017 at 12:04 AM

    I am currently reviewing my CE’s to renew my membership. This will be my first attempt in doing this and for the most part understand all the requirements needed. Like previous FAQ’s I am associated with a Hospital and are required to uphold CE’s for employment. My question is do these count? Can I fax a copy to you for review to see what counts or is it easier to put everything under the blanket of Hospital Education and have it count? Please let me know what my options are so I can proceed with the process of renewal.

  25. June 15, 2017 at 8:23 PM

    Yes, everything counts for CE

  26. jusmeah@gmail.com
    September 28, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Hello,

    I let my ROT cert. and membership expire unfortunately. So to get a new ROT cert. would I just start a new membership?

  27. November 12, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    If your ASOP membership expired over one year ago you would need to join as a new member and retake the exam

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