If you’re in the market for a post-surgical bra, your doctor likely recommended that you are fitted by a certified mastectomy fitter to help speed your recovery and enable you to wear the most suitable apparel possible for each stage of your recovery. This raises an important question: How does a mastectomy fitter become certified?
Why do fitters become certified?
A breast cancer mastectomy fitter chooses to become certified because they want to align themselves with the highest possible standard of compassionate, well-educated care. This enables the fitter to do the following:
- Work closely with your physician as necessary
- Accurately answer as many of your questions as possible
- Provide a respectful, caring fitting experience
- Help you determine which breast prosthesis and bra combination are right for your unique situation and recovery stage
Who certifies fitters?
Mastectomy fitters can become certified by different governing bodies. Here at A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe, we work with two key governing bodies to ensure the best possible patient experience.
- The Board of Certification Accreditation is a not-for-profit that provides professional and accredited certifications for pharmacies, mastectomy boutiques, orthotic and prosthetic practices, and suppliers of durable medical equipment. They train and accredit individuals looking to provide quality orthotic and prosthetic fitting to their clients.
- The American Board for Certification Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthis, Inc., is committed to providing rigorous, top-of-the-line credentialing. This helps fitters provide patients with quality care and information about their orthotics and prosthetics.
- Their continuing professional education system, discipline program, and clear communication on the value and importance of quality accreditation help drive the industry standard in client service.
Why these certification programs?
Here at A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe, we’re committed to providing you with the best quality care. That’s why we choose to align ourselves and our values with organizations that are dedicated to research-based, clinically informed fittings filled with care and compassion. We want each of our fitters to provide the best possible service.
What’s the path to becoming certified through BOC?
- BOC’s CMF program
- This Certified Mastectomy Fitter program can help candidates learn the basis of becoming a skilled breast prostheses fitter.
- Apply for the Mastectomy Fitter program on the BOC website
- Meet the 120-hour requirement for documented patient care.
- This patient care time must be under the supervision of an appropriately qualified professional, such as another mastectomy fitter.
- Take BOC’s CMF exam
- Receive results
- The candidate is certified if they pass the exam.
How does a fitter become certified through ABCOP?
- Previous education
- Candidates must possess a high school diploma, a GED, or college degree.
- ABCOP education
- Complete an ABCOP Mastectomy Fitter pre-certification educational course. This can help candidates prepare for the exam and make the most of the experience.
- Experience in fitting
- Path one: obtain 250 hours of supervised fitting experience before or after completing the pre-certification educational course.
- Path two: if the candidate already holds a certification in a related health profession, they are eligible to complete 125 hours of fitting experience before or after completing the pre-certification course.
- Application for exam
- Once your application is approved, you can register for the next exam cycle.
- Take the exam
- Obtain exam results
- If candidates pass, they are certified. If not, they can study for the exam and take another shot at it. Candidates are allowed up to four attempts at the exam.
We are committed to customer care and our ethics of compassionate, educated support. A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe works with BOC and ABCOP to ensure our staff has obtained the highest possible degree of experience and training to help you with your mastectomy bra needs. We will work closely with your insurance company to determine the types of breast prosthesis that will work with your budget.