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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.

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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 set to provide the best care for patients.

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Tuition cost per credit*: Century College - $230.83; University of Minnesota, TC - $520.50; Private for-profit colleges - $1,300; Private colleges & universities - $2,320 *Annual tuition and fees **Based on posted institutions average 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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This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon recommendation from the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education ( 


Student making adjustments to prepare a patient for a new prosthetic.

Potential Job Titles

Instructor teaching a student about prosthetic limbs.
  • 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 -

Program Graduates Information

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


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.