Athletic Training Faculty
Instructor Training Workshop

March 29/30th
St. Petersburg, Florida

ASOP Orthopedic Physician Extender (OPE) Program

PROJECT 78 : OPE Instruction and Credentialing

Dear AT Program Director:

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 AT REDUCED PRICES.  please see for our schedule.
  • Come down to sunny downtown St. Petersburg, FL for a private workshop (in our state of the art 1500 square foot teaching and research lab) specifically for AT Faculty focusing on the instructional strategies in select orthopedic casting techniques.  Dates of these special faculty workshops can be found under "Dates/Cities" to the right.  First workshop scheduled for 2019 March 29th & 30th. 

    Click here for Registration Form and Agenda:

  • 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

Please see attached for additional ASOP OPE Program info:

ASOP has strategically aligned with the healthcare field to build the OPE program that supports the career objectives for your future graduates with clinical orthopedics.  As such, Dr. Keith Vanic, ATC is always available for consultation (484-357-3396) or direct scheduling  to discuss the core curriculum expectations, program outline/teaching materials and 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 students 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