Orthotics / Prosthetics

What to expect from a career as an Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician

An orthotics and prosthetics career is a rewarding one, as you’ll get to help hundreds of people with physical disabilities improve their lives through the use of an orthotic or prosthetic device. Orthotics and prosthetics programs at Ontario colleges teach you not only the mechanics of creating and fitting these devices, but also unique care skills that help put patients at ease

If you’re interested in helping people recover from injury or work with their disabilities through a career in orthotics and prosthetics, here’s what you need to know.

Orthotics and Prosthetics Courses

There are two types of orthotics and prosthetic programs open to students, with slightly different areas of focus:

  • Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician Programs. Technician programs focus on the tools, materials and technical skills necessary to build prostheses (artificial limbs) and orthoses (braces and splints). Courses will include kinesiology, biomechanics and rehabilitation to give students an understanding of the body’s movements and repair mechanisms, but the majority of course matter focuses on the different types of prosthetic and orthotic devices.
  • Clinical Methods in Orthotics Programs. Clinical methods in orthotics programs build on the skills learned in technician programs. Students continue to develop their techniques in making and fitting prostheses and orthoses, but will have the opportunity to gain clinical experience as part of the program, and focus more directly on patient interaction, care and rehabilitation.

One twist on prosthetics as a career path is to take it to the stage. Prosthetics are also a part of special effects training in many Ontario colleges technical theatre programs. Students learn to sculpt and cast prosthetic models of limbs and to create facial prosthetics.

General Orthotics and Prosthetics Program Requirements

Ontario college orthotics and prosthetics technician programs typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, which includes a grade 12 English credit and senior math and biology credits. Clinical methods programs will require completion of a diploma or degree in the health sciences field.

Orthotics and Prosthetics Jobs and Salaries

Orthotics and prosthetics professionals are generally employed at hospitals, rehabilitation centres and in private practices or facilities. Salaries vary for both entry-level positions and those requiring experience. On the lower end, salaries start at roughly $30,000 per year, while the high salary bracket can be upwards of $70,000.

Ontario Colleges Offering Orthotics and Prosthetics Programs

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