Delivery: Morning or afternoon classes
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time
Prerequisite and General Education/MnTC courses are available in a mix of daytime, evening, and online classes; Fall, Spring, and Summer; Full- or Part-Time.
Orthotic Technology — Associate in Applied Science Degree (64 credits)
Orthotic Technician — Diploma (46 credits)
Due to the high demand for this program, the college cannot guarantee that students will start their career/occupational coursework in their early semesters. General education courses and other program requirements are usually available. Contact Stan O’Connor at 651-773-1739 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the program wait list.
An orthotic technician provides care for patients with disabling conditions of the limbs and spine by fabricating devices known as orthoses (braces). Under the guidance of and in consultation with the ABC certified or registered orthotic practitioner, the technician fabricates orthoses according to a physician prescription, as well as patient casts and measurements to provide maximum fit, function, cosmesis and workmanship. The orthotic technician is also responsible for the repair and maintenance of orthoses.
The Orthotic Technician program will prepare you for entry into the field of orthotics at the technician level. Didactic and laboratory coursework is combined with individualized instruction in the areas of lower limb, upper limb and spinal. Each of these areas contains instruction in anatomy, terminology, measurement forms, fabrication process, system alignment, suspension techniques, components, materials, repair and maintenance procedures. The practicum section enables the student to practice fabrication skills in an orthotic facility for a minimum of 160 hours.
For more information about our programs, check out our program videos at century.edu/videos.
This program is accredited by the National Commission in Orthotics and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) and fulfills the requirement to sit for the American Board for Certification registration examination for orthotic technicians.
Articulation agreements provide students with educational plans that help them transfer into four-year colleges and universities.
Medical Appliance Technicians
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Medical Appliance Technicians
Average Wage: $19.14/hour
Top Earners: $26.27/hour
Minnesota Department of Health requires any individual having contact with patients to complete a background study prior to starting the clinical experience. An individual may be disqualified from having patient contact and would not be permitted to participate in the clinical experience. Student may contact the Minnesota Department of Human Service with specific questions: 651.431.2000.
- Introduction to the Orthotic Lab and Basic Hand Skills
- Spinal Orthoses Fabrication
- Foot Orthosis Fabrication and Shoe Modification/Repair
- Stirrup Layout and Fabrication
- Ankle-Foot Orthosis Fabrication
- Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthosis Fabrication
- Leather Work for Lower-Limb Orthoses
- Thermoplastic Orthoses
- Upper Limb Fabrication
- Orthotic Technician Clinical