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 (60 credits)
- Orthotic Technician — Diploma (46 credits)
About the Program
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’s 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.
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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)
Century College in Minnesota has guided students to rewarding careers in this field for more than 40 years. Two graduates, Amy Boutchee and Drew Gienau, discovered career pathways that fit their lives and developed their skill sets to provide the best care for patients.
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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.
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.
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.
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This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation from the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (www.ncope.org).
Medical Appliance Technicians
Average Wage: $21.09/hour
Top Earners: $29.25/hour
Information gathered pertains to the seven-county metro area - careerwise.minnstate.edu
Program Graduates Information
Century College graduated 15 students in 2022, including awards of Orthotic Technician Diploma, Orthotic Technology AAS, Prosthetic Technician Diploma, and Prosthetic Technology AAS. The 3-year average of O&P technician graduate positive placement from 2020-2022 was 95.83%.
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. Students may contact the Minnesota Department of Human Services with specific questions: at 651-431-2000.