O&P, Pedorthics

Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician

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Orthotic and Prosthetic technicians work with clinical orthotists and prosthetists to provide patient treatment and rehabilitation. Students learn fundamentals of equipment and materials, as well as knowledge in polymer processes, strength of materials, and applied biomechanical principles. Students may select either Orthotics or Prosthetics alone, or choose to complete both disciplines.

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Employment Opportunities

Hospitals, Orthotic and Prosthetic (O&P) Rehabilitation Facilities, O&P Labs in Veterans Administration (VA) Hospitals, O&P Facilities within Acute Care Hospitals, O&P Central Fabrication Facilities, Private O&P Facilities

Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician Majors

About this Occupation

Technicians work indoors in an orthotic/prosthetic facility or lab, which may be located in a private facility or a hospital setting. Some contact with hazardous materials is expected, and during grinding operations, precautions against inhaling the dust are required. Prolonged standing, kneeling, and working may be necessary to accomplish tasks and moderate upper body and grip strength are required during fabrication of certain devices. In addition, technicians are occasionally required to briefly lift items up to 50 pounds. Technicians must be able to perform detailed work with their hands and eyes and must have good math and reading skills, as well as basic computer skills. The work environment is fast-paced, and strong organizational and time-management skills are needed. Multi-tasking skills are also highly desirable. In addition, to be successful, orthotic and prosthetic technicians need strong interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate in a professional manner and establish rapport with colleagues, and the ability to work both independently and as a team member. Willingness to adapt to new technologies and methods for performing work is also essential.