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  • Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics

    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 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.

Century College is a proud member of the HOPE Careers Consortium. To learn more about educational opportunities in Orthotics & Prosthetics, visit http://hopecareers.org

Note: 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 to be placed on the program wait list.

Accreditation

This 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 orthotic technicians.

Transfer

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Potential Job Titles

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  • Medical Appliance Technicians

Salary Data

Medical Appliance Technicians
Average Wage: $21.09/hour
Top Earners: $29.25/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - www.iseek.org

Program Graduates Information

Century College graduated 12 students in 2015, including awards of Orthotic Technician, Orthotics AAS and Orthotics Practice Advanced Specialist. 

Learning Outcomes

Orthotics Technology - AAS 60 Credits

  • Are competent, entry-level orthotic and prosthetic professionals prepared in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.
  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role in the orthotic and prosthetic profession.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skill areas necessary to fulfill their role as an orthotic and prosthetic professional.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making and critical thinking abilities.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with individuals, families, groups, and colleagues of diverse sociocultural backgrounds.

Orthotics Technician - Diploma 46 Credits

  • Are competent, entry-level orthotic and prosthetic professionals prepared in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.
  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role in the orthotic and prosthetic profession.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skill areas necessary to fulfill their role as an orthotic and prosthetic professional.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making and critical thinking abilities.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with individuals, families, groups, and colleagues of diverse sociocultural backgrounds.

Prerequisites

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.