Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics
For 40 years, Century College has trained individuals to become skilled workers in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P). Orthotics and Prosthetics is the evaluation, fabrication, and custom fitting of orthopedic braces, known as "orthoses," and artificial limbs, known as "prostheses". With certificate, diploma and degree programs available, Century students receive a variety of valuable credentials essential to the field of O&P. Our technician and clinical applications programs are accredited by the National Commission in Orthotics and Prosthetics Education (NCOPE) and fulfills the requirement to sit for the American Board for Certification (ABC) registration examination.
Century College is a proud member of the HOPE Careers Consortium. To learn more about educational opportunities in Orthotics & Prosthetics, visit http://hopecareers.org
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 orthotic practitioner, the technician fabricates and repairs orthoses according to a physician prescription, as well as patient casts and measurements to provide maximum fit, function and workmanship.
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 an ABC certified prosthetic practitioner, the technician fabricates and repairs prostheses according to a physician prescription, as well as patient casts and measurements to provide maximum fit, function and workmanship.
Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinical Applications programs prepares individuals for entry into the field of orthotics and prosthetics at the fitter level. Students who earn the Orthotic and Prosthetic Fitter Associate in Applied Science degree will meet the requirements to be employed as an orthotic fitter, fitting custom made, prefabricated and off the shelf orthoses. Individuals in the Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinical Applications Diploma program, are educated and trained to support a certified practitioner by assisting in orthotic and prosthetic patient care.
Fitter of Therapeutic Shoes and Pedorthic Certificate
Pedorthics is the science and practice of evaluating, fabricating, and delivering footwear and foot orthoses to prevent, ease, or treat painful or disabling conditions of the foot and ankle. Pedorthists play a crucial role in the health care profession of Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics. Utilizing traditional plaster casting and 3D scanning technology, students learn to modify, or fabricate footwear to help people maintain or regain as much mobility as possible.