FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is the BCCA?

The Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology (BCCA) was formed in January 2002. The BCCA currently operates as an independent nonprofit corporation whose primary function is to administer a certification examination as a means of attesting to the competency of the anaplastologist. Candidates who wish to be awarded the CCA credential must successfully pass a multifaceted examination.

The BCCA Board of Directors is comprised of medical artists, O&P practitioners, ocularists, restoration clinicians from the VA and military, members of medical professions of plastic surgery and maxillofacial prosthodontics, and a member of the public community.

What is a CCA?

The BCCA certification program distinguishes anaplastologists with a proficiency and a commitment to advancing clinical anaplastology best practices and industry standards.

The Certified Clinical Anaplastologist (CCA) is formal recognition for anaplastologist professionals who have met rigorous and demanding eligibility requirements, including formal education, subsequent supervised practice in professional clinical anaplastology, passing of the examination, and demonstration of a depth and breadth of knowledge appropriate for effective practice in the profession of anaplastology.

In order to maintain certification through BCCA, credentialed individuals are required to comply with the BCCA Code of Conduct and Administrative Procedures and the continuing education standards as set forth by the Board of Directors.

Where Can I Obtain Anaplastology Training?

Anaplastology training programs currently available in the United States and United Kingdom:

Licensed dental professionals may benefit from the aforementioned anaplastology or maxillofacial prosthetic specific training. Licensed and practicing dental professionals may wish to pursue certification through the BCCA or may consider contacting the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) or the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics (AAMP) for additional guidance and information on training.

How is a Facial Prosthesis Made?

A physical impression of the patient’s facial difference is taken (e.g. the cavity of a missing nose). Then a prosthesis is sculpted and molded, most often from a silicone rubber, to custom fit the area or tissue site. Anatomical landmarks, facial proportion and symmetry are taken into account to create a life-like facial feature. The prosthesis is manually color-matched to the patient’s pigmentation. In the case of eye prostheses, an off-site ocularist will make an eyeball that fits into the prosthesis. The structure behind the prosthesis will rely on its attachment method — either adhesive or bone-integrated implants.

What are NCCA and ICE?

The BCCA certification program is based on standards established by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). These standards are used by a variety of certification programs and licensing bodies in many diverse professions and occupations.

The NCCA is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). A certification program can be accredited by the NCCA if it demonstrates compliance with the NCCA accreditation standards. ICE, the parent body of the NCCA, is a membership organization open to groups interested in competency assurance.

The NCCA, along with ICE, are recognized leaders in setting quality standards for credentialing organizations to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public. ICE, under its former name of NOCA was established under the Carter administration in 1977.