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Orthotic & Prosthetic Technician

Overview
Orthotic & Prosthetic (O&P) technicians assist the disabled by fabricating the orthopedic braces (orthoses) and artificial limbs (prostheses) necessary for their rehabilitation. O&P technicians are trained and skilled to provide comprehensive O&P technical support services and possess the knowledge to interact with clinical prosthetists and orthotists. Providing orthotic and prosthetic care involves the application of clinical and technical processes to meet patient rehabilitation objectives.
The Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician program at Francis Tuttle provides a comprehensive education in each discipline. Curriculum is designed to introduce an entry-level student to the fundamentals of orthotic and prosthetic equipment and materials. Thereafter, the student will acquire knowledge in polymer processes, strength of materials, and applied biomechanical principles to develop and totally customize an orthosis (brace) or prosthesis (artificial limb). A student may choose to enroll in the Orthotic Technician and/or Prosthetic Technician career major.
Upon completion of each discipline, students will receive a certificate of completion. The academic requirements differ for Certificates for Orthotic Technician and Prosthetic Technician.
Majors
Who Can Attend
Adults
Employment Opportunities
Private orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) facilities, O&P rehabilitation facilities, O&P labs in Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals, O&P facilities within acute care hospitals, O&P central fabrication facilities
Occupational Characteristics
Pedorthists work indoors in a Pedorthic facility or lab, which may be located in a private facility or a hospital setting. Some contact with hazardous materials is expected and precautions against inhaling the dust during grinding operations are required.
Moderate upper body and grip strength are required during fabrication of certain devices. In addition, pedorthists are occasionally required to briefly lift items up to 50 pounds. Prolonged standing, kneeling, and working may be necessary to accomplish tasks. Multi-tasking skills are highly desirable.
For Success in this Career You Should Have
- Ability to communicate in a professional manner and to
establish rapport with colleagues
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to do detailed work with hands and eyes
- Good math and reading skills
- Basic computer skills
- Ability to work independently and as a team member
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Strong organizational skills and time management skills
- Willingness to adapt to new technologies and methods
for performing work
Location(s) and Times
LOCATION:
Rockwell Campus, Campus Center, Health Science Center
TIMES:
Full-time: Students attend from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, seven and one-half (7.5) hours per day for theory and laboratory classes. Clinical hours vary according to the site, but are usually eight (8) hours per day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Part-time: Students may enroll for three and three quarters (3.75) hours per day, Monday through Thursday. Clinical rotations are usually eight (8) hours per day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
 
 

Contact Info

Main Number
405.717.7799
7:30am - 8:30pm

Enrollment
405.717.4900

Attendance Numbers
Portland - 405.717.4304
Reno - 405.717.4646
Rockwell - 405.717.4206

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