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.
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.
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.
Planning for Your Program
The 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 prosthetic technicians.
- Transfer Planning - Articulation Agreements
These agreements provide students with educational plans to help them transfer to four-year institutions.
- Transfer Resources
Advanced planning is critical when you transfer. Learn more about possible options.
- Bachelor Degree Planning
We partner with many institutions offering Bachelor's degrees that can be completed here, online, or at a metro location.
Potential Job Titles
- Medical Appliance Technician
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.