Orthotic & Prosthetic Technician

Orthotic & Prosthetic Technician Training

Orthotics and Prosthetics are the rapidly changing fields involving the fabrication of orthopedic braces and artificial limbs. This industry provides vital services to the rehabilitation medicine community and to individuals with disabilities, including veterans, persons with vascular diseases, and diabetics.

Orthotics is the designing, fitting and manufacturing of orthopedic braces for individuals with disabling conditions of the spine and extremities. Prosthetics is the designing, fitting and manufacturing of artificial limbs for people with limb loss. These individual disciplines are traditionally combined as a single industry because they share similar scientific backgrounds and manufacturing processes.

Orthotic & Prosthetic Technicians

Technicians in the industry work with plastic, metal, plaster, and leather to fabricate orthotic and prosthetic devices according to measurements and prescription requirements under the supervision of a certified prosthetist or orthotist.

Orthotic & Prosthetic Technicians

Successful technicians need to have:

  • good manual dexterity
  • artistic perception
  • strong communication skills
  • working knowledge of measurements, basic mathematics, and human anatomy
  • the ability to use power tools
  • flexibility to adapt to constantly changing situations

This profession is unique and rewarding to those who wish to make a difference in the lives of others.

O&P technician work includes routine maintenance and repair of prostheses and orthoses, maintaining equipment, and assisting in the design of complex devices. Much like other light manufacturing environments, technicians are generally on their feet most of the day and typically work regular daytime hours, Monday through Friday.

Successful completion of the formal training program qualifies technicians for job opportunities in orthotic and prosthetic clinics, central fabrication facilities, hospitals, and government agencies throughout the country. The SFCC technician programs have a strong placement rate and students have acquired professional positions in practices and facilities from coast to coast.

Orthotic & Prosthetic Technicians

Salaries for technicians vary greatly depending upon the area of the country, the size of the practice or facility, and the experience and ambition of the individual technician. Entry-level salaries typically range from $14 - $17 an hour with salary increases based on a technician's attitude, ambitions, and ability to increase and expand the fundamental skills acquired in the SFCC program. Benefits are usually provided.

The Spokane Falls Community College Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician Programs are accredited by the National Commission of Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) www.ncope.org.

Further information about compensation and demand may be found at O*Net Online.

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