About the Program

A prosthetic technician provides care for patients with partial or total absence of a limb by fabricating prostheses (artificial limbs). Under the guidance of and in consultation with the ABC certified or registered prosthetic practitioner, the technician fabricates prostheses according to a physician’s prescription, as well as patient casts and measurements to provide maximum fit, function, cosmesis and workmanship. The prosthetic technician is also responsible for the repair and maintenance of prostheses.

The Prosthetic Technician program prepares you for entry into the field of prosthetics at the technician level. Didactic and laboratory coursework is combined with individualized instruction in the areas of lower limb and upper limb. 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 you to practice fabrication skills in a prosthetic 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

  • 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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The 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).


Student working on a prosthetic leg.

Potential Job Titles

Image of student holding a prosthetic leg.
  • Medical Appliance Technician

Salary Data

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

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

Program Graduates Information

Century College graduated 16 students in 2015, including awards of Prosthetic Technician, Prosthetics AAS and Prosthetic Practice Advanced Specialist.


MN Human Services Background Study: 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.