Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinical Applications

Students in a clinical applications session demonstrating a partial lower leg and foot prosthesis

This program requires a general College application and a program-specific application. See below for application steps and important dates.

Delivery: O&P Fitter AAS degree: Morning, afternoon or evening classes, M-F.
Start: O&P Fitter AAS degree courses: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time.

Delivery: OPCA Assistant Diploma: Day classes, M-F.
Start: OPCA Assistant Diploma: Fall start only; Full-Time.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Diploma

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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.


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 who meet the minimum admission standards. 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 with 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 a 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 are 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.


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Cost & Financial Aid

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 qualify 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 Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $233.75, University of MN - TC $555.13, Private Colleges & Universities $1,416.

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Accreditation

This new program’s accreditation is pending.

Transfer

Orthotic technician fitting a brace to a patient.

Potential Job Titles

Student watching a patient move with a 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 the seven-county metro area -careerwise.minnstate.edu