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Orthotist and Prosthetist

– Orthotist and Prosthetist

To be a successful Orthotist and Prosthetist you should…g_orthotistprosthetist

  • possess a desire to help people with disabling conditions
  • have a strong sense of aesthetics
  • have good eye/hand coordination and precision
  • have manual dexterity and patience for minute details
  • possess mechanical ability, craftsmanship, and sculpting skills
  • have good listening skills and the ability to communicate clearly

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What will my job be like?

Prosthetists and orthotists tailor-make artificial limbs and devices for missing body parts and deformities. These creative professionals are capable of finding solutions for each patient’s unique physical problem. Orthotists fit corrective shoes, support braces, and strengthening devices to assist in rehabilitation. Designing, making, and adjusting artificial limbs are the challenges of the prosthetist. They also make a special type of device that uses the patient’s own muscle stimulation to make it move in a more life-like manner. New technology, lightweight materials, and the use of computer-aided design make this a career with many exciting possibilities.


Where could I work?

An orthotist and prosthetist may work in rehabilitation centers or privately owned facilities.

Other workplace settings:
  • Laboratories
  • Hospitals
  • Government Agencies

What is the average annual salary?

$84,630


What is the future of this career?

Employment of orthotists and prosthetists is projected to grow 36 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The large, aging baby-boom population will create a need for orthotists and prosthetists, since both diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which are the two leading causes of limb loss, are more common among older people.


What type of education and/or training do I need?

A bachelor’s degree in orthotics and prosthetics, or a bachelor’s degree and a post-graduate certificate in orthotics and/or prosthetics is necessary to enter this profession and a one-year clinical residency per discipline.


Where can I get the education and/or training?

  •  University of Hartford, West Hartford

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.


Where can I get more information?

American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association330 John Carlyle Street, Suite 200
330 John Carlyle Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA   22314
571-431-0876
www.aopanet.org

Newington Certificate Program in Orthotics and Prosthetics
181 Patricia M. Genova Drive
Newington, CT   06111
860-667-5304
www.ncpschool.com

National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education
330 John Carlyle Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA   22314
703-836-7114
www.ncope.org