This major is a program that prepares individuals, in consultation with physicians and other therapists, to design and fit orthoses for patients with disabling conditions of the limbs and/or spine, and prostheses for patients who have partial or total absence of a limb or significant superficial deformity.
Includes instruction in biomechanics, gait analysis, pathomechanics, kinesiology, pathology, neuroanatomy, materials science, diagnostic imaging, patient analysis and measurement, impression taking, model rectification, assistive/restorative technology and engineering applications, product finishing, diagnostic and definitive fitting and alignment, power devices, postoperative management, and patient counseling and follow-up.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Orthotist/Prosthetist Major?
As an Orthotist, you design, measure, fit, and adapt orthopedic braces, appliances or prostheses, such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions.
Job opportunities for orthotists are extremely likely in the future as this career subsector may see a seventeen percent (17%) growth 2019-2029.
Orthotists need a master’s degree and certification and must complete a residency before they can be certified.
If you work as a Prosthetist, it is your job to design and fabricate medical supportive devices and measure and fit patients for them. These devices include artificial limbs (arms, hands, legs, and feet), braces, and other medical or surgical devices.
Job opportunities for prosthetists are extremely strong in the future as this career subsector is expected to see a seventeen percent (17%) growth 2019-2029.
Prosthetists need a master’s degree and certification. As well, they must complete a residency before they can be certified.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Orthotist/Prosthetist Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists
- National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education
- American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics
Publications/Magazines in Orthotist/Prosthetist Major