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Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology

Orthotics and Prosthetics are the rapidly changing fields involving orthopedic braces and artificial limbs.

Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology


Orthotics and Prosthetics are the rapidly changing fields involving orthopedic braces and artificial limbs. The profession provides a vital service to the rehabilitation medicine community and to individuals with disabilities.

What Will I Learn?

The Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology program at JJC will provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required by the profession.

What is Unique About Our Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology Program?

Through general education, core curriculum and specific O&P courses students will gain verbal and graphical communication skills, a working knowledge of measurements and mathematics, basic human anatomy, medical terminology and specific technical and clinical skills required to perform the work of an O&P technician.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Orthotics and Prosthetics professionals have many career possibilities within the field available such as a practitioner, assistant, fitter or technician. They work in a variety of settings such as private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, specialty clinics and home health settings. Some may choose to focus on pediatrics, sports or other specialty areas. All areas require some degree of advanced education combined with hands on clinical training and experience.

Additional Information

  • Salary Information

    Orthotic and prosthetic technicians make approximately $49,469 a year. Jobs in this field are expected to increase by around 20 percent in the next seven years.

    Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Associates in Applied Science

    Associate in Applied Science - TE120

    Degree Requirements

    In order to apply for the OPT program you must contact Mike Brncick, Director of OPT to set up an interview at mbrncick@jjc.edu.

    The OPT Program is a limited enrollment program. OPT 100 is the prerequisite course for the OPT curriculum.

    Additional prerequisites include:

    • Interview with the Director of OPT
    • Visit to O&P facility
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • English 101
    • Overall GPA of 2.5 or Higher
    • Completed or tested above TMath 107


    Suggested Schedule

    Listed below is the recommended two-year course sequence guide for the student.

    First year - Fall

    Course Credit Hours
    OPT 106 4
    OPT 107 3
    OPT 101 4
    BIO 100 3
    Total: 14 Credits

    First year - Summer

    Course Credit Hours
    OPT 195 4
    Total: 4 Credits

    First year - Spring

    Course Credit Hours
    OPT 102 4
    OPT 103 4
    OPT 200 4
    OPT 108 2
    Total: 14 Credits

    Second year - Fall

    Course Credit Hours
    OPT 203 3
    OPT 104 4
    OPT 201 4
    OPT 105 3
    Total: 14 Credits

    Second year - Spring

    Course Credit Hours
    BIO 125 4
    OPT 202 4
    OPT 295 4
    Total: 12 Credits

  • Certificate of Achievement

    There are two OPT Certificate of Achievement that you can receive:

    1. Orthotics Technology

     

    2. Prosthetics Technology

     

    Gainful Employment Disclosures

    What are Gainful Employment Programs? An educational program must lead to a degree at a non-profit or public institution or it must prepare students for "gainful employment in a recognized occupation."  Information is presented to the student about the length of each program, its estimated cost, and a way to obtain further information about the kinds of jobs available for those who complete this program and participate in the student financial assistance programs. Whether you are a current student or a prospective student, we hope that this information is helpful in making informed choices about your career and education.

  • Certification of Completion

    Each Certificate of Completion allows the student to focus on a particular skill and knowledge base within the Orthotic and Prosthetic Technology Program. The program offers an opportunity for practicing technicians to enhance their skills and increase their value in the work place. It also allows students the opportunity to experience the field of orthotics and/or prosthetics to help them determine if they would like to pursue a career in the field.

    The course selection is structured to provide students with specific skill sets that are applicable and desirable by employers in the field.

    Orthotics Technology

     

    Prosthetics Technology

     

    Lower Extremity Orthotics Technology

     

    Spinal and Upper Extremity Orthotics

    Transtibial Prosthetics

    Transfemoral Prosthetics

    Upper Extremity Prosthetics

     

    Gainful Employment Disclosures

    What are Gainful Employment Programs? An educational program must lead to a degree at a non-profit or public institution or it must prepare students for "gainful employment in a recognized occupation."  Information is presented to the student about the length of each program, its estimated cost, and a way to obtain further information about the kinds of jobs available for those who complete this program and participate in the student financial assistance programs. Whether you are a current student or a prospective student, we hope that this information is helpful in making informed choices about your career and education.

  • Industry Resources

    Orthotic and Prosthetic National Organizations
    • American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists
      The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists is dedicated to promoting professionalism and advancing the standards of patient care through education, literature, research, advocacy and collaboration.
    • AOPA: American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association
      The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is a national trade association committed to providing high quality, unprecedented business services and products to O&P professionals.

    Orthotic and Prosthetic Credentialing and Testing Organizations

    Online Resources

    O & P Schools (International)

    Online Articles

    The following are orthotic and prosthetic pertinent and contemporary articles about education and innovations in O & P.

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