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Orthotic & Prosthetic Technician

If you are interested in exploring the Orthotic and Prosthetic Technology Programs, please contact the Orthotics Prosthetics Program Director. This program has a specialized entry process; an individual interview is recommended along with a completed application.

Name Bernard Hewey
Phone (509) 533-3733
Email Bernard.Hewey@sfcc.spokane.edu
Address Orthotics & Prosthetics - MS 3190
Spokane Falls Community College
3410 West Fort George Wright Drive
Spokane, WA  99224-5288

NOTE: O&P students are required to purchase tools that will be used throughout the two-year programs.


Orthotic & Prosthetic Technicians

Spokane Falls Community College offers the only Orthotic and Prosthetic technician training programs in the western United States. Students are trained in the basic skills of making orthopedic braces and artificial limbs in a two-year competency-based program. Each discipline, orthotics and prosthetics, includes three quarters of study and lab work plus an off-site, five-week clinical experience.

Students in the orthotics program take courses in the use of power tools, materials, and human anatomy. They develop skills in modifying shoes and fabricating upper limb, lower limb, and spinal orthoses. Students in the prosthetics program also learn the proper use of hand and power tools and materials. They take courses in human anatomy, below-knee and above-knee prosthetics, followed by below-elbow and above-elbow prosthetics. The O&P technician training programs give students the opportunity to work in an environment similar to the actual practice while gaining hands-on experience. The average student/faculty ratio is 15:1.

Orthotic & Prosthetic Technicians

The programs are taught in a competency-based format in which each student works with reasonable independence utilizing numerous learning resources, and individual and group instruction. Competency-based learning allows students to progress as they learn mastery of academic content and fabrication techniques.

Orthotic & Prosthetic Technicians

The orthotic and prosthetic lab has 9,000 square feet of space including individual workstations for 32 students. Surrounding the main lab space are multiple rooms filled with specialized tools and equipment. The adjoining 1,200-square foot classroom is used for lectures and guest speaker presentations.

Following three quarters of formal classroom training, students participate in a five-week clinical experience, sometimes in another city, to practice fabrication skills under the supervision of a certified orthotic or prosthetic practitioner.

While most college programs start in the fall quarter, students may enter the O&P programs in the fall, winter, or spring quarter. Students usually finish the program two years from their starting date. Orthotic and prosthetics classes are not conducted during the summer.

Orthotic & Prosthetic Technicians

November 2017

In response to a congratulatory note pursuant to the EDGE Industry Review article (November 2017):

Ruthie,

You are so sweet to shoot me this note. 22 years ago this fall I landed on E. Nora Avenue in Spokane - where the heck does time go? My memories of class are great ones. Best thing I ever did was become a trained technician.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.

Best,
Jeff

Jeffrey Brandt, CPO
Chief Executive Officer
Ability P&O
Exton, Pennsylvania


October 2017

About the Mastectomy Fitter Course offered by the O&P Technology Program at SFCC

I want to tell you how comprehensive and informative the class was. I really appreciated how concise and thorough the speakers were. In the past, I have attended vendor-based programs that provided only a fraction of what I gleaned from your program.

Thanks again,

Claudia Baken, CMF
Washington State


February 2017

Regarding the retirement of Clayton Wright, CP, Program Director

Congratulations to Clay! My first real experience with prosthetics was at SFCC and to the high standards that Clay set, I have not yet seen an equal. I am truly grateful for my time spent in that program and give it credit for making me as good a CPO as I am today. Thank you Clay for taking your job so seriously and for giving everyone an equal chance to be involved!

I will always remember my time at SFCC fondly and consider it the foundation for my career.

Chris Dang, CPO
Prosthetics Dept. Chief Clinical Officer
Long Beach VA Medical Center


March 2016

Hello,

When selecting from the competitive pool of applicants for the CSUDH O&P Master's Program, we weigh technical skills and clinical experience very highly. Since our program is so clinically oriented, where we create over 35 custom patient projects, those individuals that have a solid technical background tend to have a much easier transition into the laboratory setting, freeing up time to focus more on their other studies. While their peers have a more difficult time and take much longer to complete their projects.

On a broader view, we have found that students who graduate from Technical O&P programs, like the O&P Technology Programs at Spokane Falls Community College, prior to entering into a Masters Practitioner program develop into very well-rounded practitioners. When practitioners understand how to create the device, how to implement it, and how to prove its efficacy prior to completing their general studies, they have a better understanding of the entire clinical practice. These students have a deeper commitment to the profession and are more aware of how to enhance it. We appreciate the time and effort it takes to complete the technology education track and know that it is a rewarding and beneficial experience.

Mark Muller, Instructor
California State University, Dominguez Hills
O & P Program
Los Alamitos, CA 90720


December 2015

Hello,
Melvin Burke is working out great! He came to us with a great base to his fabricating career. I believe SFCC prepared Melvin far more than if he had not attended the O&P Technology Programs.

Chad Eberhart
Owner, Independent Tech Service LLC (ITS)
Sumner, Washington


November 11, 2015

Hey Clay!
Daniel Rose is an excellent, hard worker, and I am very proud of Daniel Rose and Jessica Begley. They have produced eighty-five (85) prosthetic devises in the last sixty (60) days, including everything from shoulder and hip disarticulation, Van Ness, lost wax, silicone expandable inner sockets, Silicone partial feet, congenital Symes and everything in between! I guess what I'm saying is Jessica Begley, Cali Hanna and Daniel Rose (all SFCC grads) are awesome!
Good job meeting the future needs of O & P patients!

Dave Collins
Director, Pediatric O & P Services NW
Shriners Hospital for Children - Portland


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