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About the Program

Admission to the OPCA Diploma program requires a special application and is highly competitive. The college may not be able to accept all applicants that meet the minimum admission standards. See Admissions, Counseling, or the college website for the application booklet and additional information. Students who earn the Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinical Applications Diploma will meet the requirements to be employed as an Orthotic/Prosthetic Assistant or enter a Baccalaureate degree or a Master’s degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics.

Students will: 

  • Transform people’s lives in a career that blends science, technology, healthcare, and artistic design
  • Care for patients with conditions of the limbs and spine by fabricating devices known as braces (orthoses)
  • Provide care for patients with partial or total absence of a limb by fabricating artificial limbs (prostheses)

Interested in a career in Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinical Applications? Schedule a program tour!

Transfer Agreement

Century College’s Orthotic and Prosthetic Practitioner Programs have transitioned to a Master's Degree in partnership with Concordia University. Details available online at Concordia University's Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics (MSOP) program. Century College courses are a required prerequisite.

Learn more about O & P's status nationwide

Read Century Orthotic and Prosthetic Program Stands Tall in the State — and Nation (White Bear Press, 11/9/16)

Special Application Required

This program requires special admission. You must apply for general admission first before submitting the special OPCA application.

Application Deadline

We are accepting OPCA applications for Fall 2022 admission until August 22nd, 2022.  To apply, OPCA Program application: Click here.

Please note, In order to submit an OPCA application your must have an active Century College general admission application on file in the past 365 days or be registered for classes at Century College within the past 365 days for your StarID to be active. General Admission application: Click here to submit or resubmit a general admission application, do so (before submitting your OPCA application) by April 29, 2022..

Please note, your must have an active Century College general admission application on file in the past 365 days or be registered for classes at Century College within the past 365 days for your StarID to be active. Click here to submit or resubmit a general admission application, do so by April 29, 2021.

Application Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS, PREREQUISITES

1.Orthotic and Prosthetic Fitter AAS OR equivalent skills through work experience in the field assessed by program coordinator OR instructor consent.

2.Assessment score placement at college reading level or completion of developmental courses with a grade of “C” or higher and assessment score placement into ENGL 1021 or completion of ENGL 0090 with a grade of "C" or higher.

3.Best if you have successful completion (minimum grade of “C”) of General Biology (BIOL 1020, 1041 or transfer equivalent)

4. Best if you have successful completion (minimum grade of “C”) of General Physics (PHYS 1020, 1041 or transfer equivalent)

 

TECHNICAL WORK EXPERIENCE

 If technical experience was completed in a lab, have the Employee Checklist of Technical Ability completed and signed by a certified practitioner, assistant or technician and submit in the program application on-line.  Click here to view.

 

TRANSCRIPTS

Request official transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities. Transcripts must be received by the April 30 deadline to verify prior coursework. All college and university transcripts must be submitted to the Century College Transfer Services Office. For help contact Transfer Services at transfer@Century.edu

 

SELECTION

Candidates will be selected based on grade point average (GPA), completion of NCOPE accredited orthotic and/or prosthetic coursework and related work experience. Qualified candidates who are not selected will be placed on an alternate list. Candidates on the alternate list will be notified should an opening occur. Priority will be awarded based on OPCA Category placement as outlined below:

OPCA Category 1: Candidates who are graduates of a Century College Orthotics and Prosthetics Program or are in good standing as an ABC Certified Technician

OPCA Category 2: Candidates who are graduates of an NCOPE accredited Orthotics and Prosthetics Program

OPCA Category 3: Candidates who have documented work experience in Orthotics and Prosthetics

OPCA Category 4: Candidates who have no prior orthotic or prosthetic education or experience

Additional Requirements

Additional Program Prerequisites for the AAS degree:
Course placement into ENGL 0950 and RDNG 0950 or above OR completion of RDNG 0940 with a grade of C or higher OR course placement into ESOL 0051 and ESOL 0052 and ESOL 1033 OR completion of ESOL 0041 with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0042 with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0043 with a grade of C or higher.

Additional Program Prerequisites for the Diploma:
Orthotic and Prosthetic Fitter AAS OR equivalent skills through work experience in the field assessed by program coordinator OR instructor consent. Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950 with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940 with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950 with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051 with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052 with a grade of C or higher. Special application required, which includes completion of BIOL 1020 and PHYS 1020.

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.

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Image of a bar graph explaining Century's Dental and Prosthetic Tuition Cost Per Credit.

    As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

    Financial Aid

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs quality for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College's Federal School Code is 010546.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

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Accreditation

This new program’s accreditation is pending.

Transfer

Orthotic technician fitting a brace to a patient.

Potential Job Titles

Image of student helping person with prosthetic leg.
  • Orthotic Fitter
  • Prosthetic Fitter
  • Orthotic Assistant
  • Prosthetic Assistant

Salary Data

Orthotic/Prosthetic Fitter
Average Wage: $14.50/hour
Top Earners: $19.00/hour

Orthotic/Prosthetic Assistant
Average Wage: $17.93/hour
Top Earners: $23.28/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.minnstate.edu