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.
Prosthetic Technology—Associate in Applied Science Degree (64 credits)
Prosthetic 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.
A prosthetic technician provides care for patients with partial or total absence of a limb by fabricating prostheses (artificial limbs). Under the guidance of and in consultation with the ABC certified or registered prosthetic practitioner, the technician fabricates prostheses according to a physician’s prescription, as well as patient casts and measurements to provide maximum fit, function, cosmesis and workmanship. The prosthetic technician is also responsible for the repair and maintenance of prostheses.
The Prosthetic Technician program prepares you for entry into the field of prosthetics at the technician level. Didactic and laboratory coursework is combined with individualized instruction in the areas of lower limb and upper limb. 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 you to practice fabrication skills in a prosthetic facility for a minimum of 160 hours.
The 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 prosthetic 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
MN Human Services Background Study: 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 Prosthetics
- Anatomy of the Trans-Tibial Amputations
- Trans-Tibial Socket Inserts, Alignment and Duplication
- Finishing Procedures for Patellar Tendon- Bearing (PTB) Prosthesis
- Fabrication of Patellar Tendon-Bearing (PTB) Joint and Lacer
- Anatomy of Trans-Femoral Amputations
- Trans-Femoral Socket Fabrication
- Finishing Procedures for Trans-Femoral Prostheses
- Thermoplastic Check Socket Fabrication
- Anatomy of Upper Limb Amputations & Long Trans-Radial Fabrication
- Fabrication of Short Trans-Radial and Trans-Humeral Prostheses
- Clinical Internship Practicum