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W We understand you need a solution to the cancellation of live mastectomy fitter training courses due to COVID-19. We are proud to now offer the certified fitter pre-certification training course, and eight one-hour on-line courses.

Introducing the NEW! ABC’s of Fitting Basic Foundations of Fitting online training course. This course fulfills all American Board for Certification (ABC)- and Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC)-approved mastectomy fitter pre-certification education-course ​requirements. This computer-based, no-travel-required, learner-led course can be completed from the safety and comfort of your office or home, on your schedule! Click here for more information and to start the course.

If you are already a certified fitter and need CEU’s please take advantage of the eight online courses that are conveniently available 24/7. Click here for more information.

NOTE: While both Certified and uncertified fitters can learn from and take advantage of the eight one-hour ABC University online courses, only Certified fitters will earn CEUs which are automatically reported to ABC and/or BOC monthly as they only post “distance-learning” CEUs monthly. This means CEUs will not post immediately to your ABC and/or BOC account after your completion of an ABC University online course. Please contact ABC and/or BOC directly regarding the posting of your CEUs.

Why online training might be right for you:

  1. Choice: Choose courses that interest you
  2. Flexibility: Take courses when it’s convenient for you
  3. Pacing: Digest course work at your own pace
  4. Savings: Often online courses are more cost-effective than live courses

NOTICE: Your ABC University account may become INACTIVE after a period of inactivity. To reactivate an account, please contact Nikki M. Giamarino, CFm, at
(770) 933-3444, ext. 234 or at nikki@americanbreastcare.com.

Click an ABC University online-training course below
to learn more:

NEW! ABC’s of Fitting Basic Foundations of Fitting
Pre-certification Course

The ABC’s of Fitting Basic Foundations of Fitting course is the “Pre-certification” or “Approved Entry Level” course that not only meets but exceeds the pre-certification prerequisites set forth by both ABC and BOC. Please note this is a three-component course. Each component must be completed to earn a Certificate of Completion.

How does it work?

It’s as easy as 1, 2, and 3. This course is divided into three components:

COMPONENT 1: Learner-led, computer-based online training. Experience learning from the comfort and convenience of your computer at your home of office. You have 30 days from the date you purchase this course to complete this component. A hard copy of the computer-based presentation and an ABC product catalog will be mailed* to you after you complete this component.

*Cost includes free shipping of materials only to US street addresses – no PO boxes.

COMPONENT 2: Live, virtual demonstration, product review, and Q and A opportunity with American Breast Care Education and Sales staff. After you complete Component 1, instructions on how to register for any one of the following Component 2 dates will be emailed to you: Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 1 PM ET to 3 PM ET; Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 1 PM ET to 3 PM ET; Wednesday, June 30, 2021 from 1 PM ET to 3 PM ET. You only need to register for ONE of the COMPONENT 2 dates. You will need access to a computer or smart device as Zoom technology will be utilized for this component of the course.

COMPONENT 3: Live, virtual competency evaluation with a member of the ABC Education staff. After you complete Component 2, instructions on how to set an appointment and what the expectations are for this component will be emailed to you the day after you complete Component 2. You will need access to a computer or smart device with a microphone and camera as Zoom technology will be utilized for this component of the course. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you after you complete this component.

I need to get certified. Is this the required, prerequisite course I must complete before I can sit for the ABC and/or BOC Certification Exam?
YES! This course meets all ABC- and BOC-approved mastectomy fitter pre-certification education course requirements.

How long will it take me to complete this course?
Each leaner is different and will progress at their own pace, but please budget 8-10 hours to complete Component 1. Remember, this was a 9-hour live course!

How do I take for the course?
Please click on the Instructions tab below.

I have questions. Who should I contact?
Please email Nikki Giamarino, CFm at nikki@americanbreastcare.com.

Course Description: This course prepares an individual to sit for the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC) and/or Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) mastectomy fitter certification exam. At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify national certification requirements
  • Differentiate between the different types of breast cancer and surgeries
  • Define breast physiology and pathophysiology
  • Apply techniques to measure and fit a mastectomy bra and breast prosthesis
  • Select appropriate product per patient evaluation and needs
  • Describe fitting room etiquette
  • Explain regulatory and ethical considerations for patient management
  • Execute lasting relationships with patients
  • Recognize effective marketing solutions for post-mastectomy and breast surgery
  • Demonstrate proper bra and breast form fitting techniques
For the best user experience, please view the course with one of the following browsers: Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Cost:
$55*
*Cost includes free shipping of materials only to US street addresses – no PO boxes.
Estimated Completion Time: 8-10 hours
ABC Credits:  8 (7 S and 1 B Cat II)
BOC Credits: 9 (8.75 S and .25 B)
Course 1: 
Breast Cancer Statistics and Treatments

Course Description: This course provides information on breast cancer statistics and current treatments. At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify reasons for a decline in the number of breast cancer cases
  • Describe how the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations affect breast cancer risk
  • Identify survival rates and new cases of breast cancer per year
  • Explain different types of treatment
  • Recall hormonal therapy mechanisms
  • Identify hormonal therapy drug categories and drugs
  • Give examples of different types of radiation
  • Compare different treatment protocols for different stages of breast cancer

For the best user experience, please view the course with one of the following browsers: Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Cost: $25
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
ABC Credits: 1.5 (S)
BOC Credits: 1.5 (S)
Course 2: 
Caring for Your Patients Before and After Breast Surgery

Course Description: This course provides information on caring for your patients before and after surgery. At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • List the questions your patients should ask their doctor before surgery
  • State which products are appropriate for your patient’s post-surgical period
  • Identify the nutritional needs during and following treatment
  • Name appropriate exercises for post-surgery
  • Recall the percentage of breast cancer survivors who are at risk for lymphedema
  • Describe the steps to the fitting experience
  • Select products and accessories that are right for your patient
  • Relate to the adjustment period after surgery

For the best user experience, please view the course with one of the following browsers: Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Cost: $25
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
ABC Credits: 1.5 (S)
BOC Credits: 1.5 (S)

Course 3:
Lymphedema: An Overview For Mastectomy Fitters

Course Description: This course provides information on lymphedema as related to the mastectomy patient. At the completion of this course,
you will be able to:

  • Describe lymphedema and its effects
  • Identify lymphedema treatment challenges
  • Identify causes of lymphedema
  • Describe the goals and four components of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
  • Differentiate between primary and secondary lymphedema
  • Describe the four stages of lymphedema
  • Give examples of compression garments and how they are utilized
  • Identify precautions to prevent or minimize the effects of lymphedema

For the best user experience, please view the course with one of the following browsers: Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Cost: $25
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
ABC Credits: 1.5 (S)
BOC Credits: 1.5 (S)

Course 4: 
Bloodborne Pathogens, Infection Control, and Universal Precautions

 Course Description: This course provides an overview of bloodborne pathogens, infection control, and universal precautions based on OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and CDC recommendations. At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define and identify bloodborne pathogens (BBPs)
  • Recall modes of transmission of BBPs
  • Recall exposure risk
  • Give examples of universal precautions
  • Assess the OHSA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
  • Distinguish between engineering controls and work place controls
  • Identify and describe personal protective equipment
  • Recall hepatitis B vaccine guidelines
  • Perform in case of exposure

For the best user experience, please view the course with one of the following browsers: Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Cost: $25
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
ABC Credits: 1.5 (S)
BOC Credits: 1.5 (S)

Course 5: 
Influenza: An Overview

Course Description: This course examines the different types of influenza viruses and how they change over time. It also discusses signs and symptoms, the spread and infection control of the virus, complications, prevention, lab diagnoses, and treatments. At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define influenza
  • Differentiate between the four types of influenza
  • Describe how the influenza viruses change
  • Define the US influenza season
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of the influenza virus
  • Describe how the influenza virus spreads
  • Give examples of influenza virus complications
  • Describe methods to prevent the spread of the influenza virus
  • Identify tests used to diagnose the influenza virus
  • Describe how to treat the influenza virus

For the best user experience, please view the course with one of the following browsers: Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Cost: $25
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
ABC Credits: 1.5 (S)
BOC Credits: 1.5 (S)

Course 6: 
Understanding the Genetic Link to Breast Cancer

Course Description: This course examines the basics of genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer. It also discusses who should consider genetic testing, the costs, the possible outcomes, and risks and benefits of testing. At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain genetics basics
  • Describe how cancer develops
  • Identify the common mutations that raise the risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer
  • Determine the link between breast cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Describe how to get BRCA testing
  • Identify individuals who should consider BRCA testing
  • Compare and contrast BRCA testing outcomes
  • Describe the risks and benefits of BRCA testing
  • State the costs of BRCA testing
  • Describe direct-to-consumer genetic testing

For the best user experience, please view the course with one of the following browsers: Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Cost: $25
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
ABC Credits: 1.5 (S)
BOC Credits: 1.5 (S)

Course 7: 
First Aid Basics

Course Description: This course provides an overview of basic first aid, objectives of first aid, what to do in first aid situations, and preparedness. At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define first aid
  • Identify first aid basics
  • List the objectives of first aid
  • State the steps to an emergency situation
  • Explain the DRABC procedure
  • Demonstrate what to do in first aid situations
  • Identify first aid kid necessities
  • Design, create, and execute preparedness tools

For the best user experience, please view the course with one of the following browsers: Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Cost: $25
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
ABC Credits: 1.5 (S)
BOC Credits: 1.5 (S)
NOTE: Approved by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics and the Board of Certification/Accreditation for Continuing Education Credits Only.

Course 8: 
A Guide to Infectious Diseases

Course Description: This course is a guide to the fundamentals of infectious diseases including the definition of infectious disease, types, complications, symptoms, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define infectious disease
  • Recall infectious disease statistics
  • Differentiate between types of infections
  • Identify who is at risk for infectious diseases
  • List complications of infectious diseases
  • Recognize the symptoms of different infectious diseases
  • Describe the modes of transmission of infectious diseases
  • Explain how infectious diseases are diagnosed and treated
  • Give examples of how infectious diseases can be prevented

For the best user experience, please view the course with one of the following browsers: Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Cost: $25
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
ABC Credits: 1.5 (S)
BOC Credits: 1.5 (S)
NOTE: Approved by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics and the Board of Certification/Accreditation for Continuing Education Credits Only.

Free Online Short Takes

Click on an individual short take below.

Short Take 1: Fitting Room Etiquette

Short Take 2: How To Measure For A Bra

Short Take 3: Participating vs. Non-Participating