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Working As an Orthotic/Prosthetic Practitioner

  • Getting Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $222,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Orthotic/Prosthetic Practitioner Do

Orthotists and prosthetists 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. 

Duties

Orthotists and prosthetists typically do the following:

  • Evaluate and interview patients to determine their needs
  • Take measurements or impressions of the part of a patient’s body that will be fitted with a brace or artificial limb
  • Design and fabricate orthopedic and prosthetic devices based on physicians’ prescriptions
  • Select materials to be used for the orthotic or prosthetic device
  • Instruct patients in how to use and care for their devices
  • Adjust, repair, or replace prosthetic and orthotic devices
  • Document care in patients’ records

Orthotists and prosthetists may work in both orthotics and prosthetics, or they may choose to specialize in one area. Orthotists are specifically trained to work with medical supportive devices, such as spinal or knee braces. Prosthetists are specifically trained to work with prostheses, such as artificial limbs and other body parts.

Some orthotists and prosthetists construct devices for their patients. Others supervise the construction of the orthotic or prosthetic devices by medical appliance technicians.

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How To Become An Orthotic/Prosthetic Practitioner

Orthotists and prosthetists need a master’s degree and certification. Both orthotists and prosthetists must complete a residency before they can be certified.

Education

All orthotists and prosthetists must complete a master’s degree in orthotics and prosthetics. These programs include courses in upper and lower extremity orthotics and prosthetics, spinal orthotics, and plastics and other materials used for fabrication. In addition, orthotics and prosthetics programs have a clinical component in which the student works under the direction of an orthotist or prosthetist.

Master’s programs usually take 2 years to complete. Prospective students seeking a master’s degree can have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline if they have fulfilled prerequisite courses in science and math. Requirements vary by program.

In 2015, there were 13 orthotics and prosthetics programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program​ (CAAHEP).

Training

Following graduation from a master’s degree program, candidates must complete a residency that has been accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). Candidates typically complete a 1-year residency program in either orthotics or prosthetics. Individuals who want to become certified in both orthotics and prosthetics need to complete 1 year of residency training for each specialty or, less commonly, an 18-month residency in both orthotics and prosthetics.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require orthotists and prosthetists to be licensed. States that license orthotists and prosthetists often require certification in order for them to practice, although requirements vary by state. Many orthotists and prosthetists become certified regardless of state requirements, because certification demonstrates competence.

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC) and the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) offer certifications for orthotists and prosthetists. To earn certification, a candidate must complete a CAAHEP-accredited master’s program, an NCOPE-accredited residency program, and pass a series of three exams.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Orthotists and prosthetists must be able to communicate effectively with the technicians who often fabricate the medical devices. They must also be able to explain to patients how to use and care for the devices.

Detail oriented. Orthotists and prosthetists must be precise when recording measurements to ensure that devices are fabricated and fit properly.

Leadership skills. Orthotists and prosthetists who work in their own offices must be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals in their office.

Patience. Orthotists and prosthetists may work for long periods with patients who need special attention.

Physical dexterity. Orthotists and prosthetists must be good at working with their hands. They may fabricate orthotics or prosthetics with intricate mechanical parts.

Physical stamina. Orthotists and prosthetists should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as working with shop equipment and hand tools. They may spend a lot of time bending over or crouching to examine or measure patients.

Problem-solving skills. Orthotists and prosthetists must evaluate their patients’ situations and often look for creative solutions to their rehabilitation needs.

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Highest Orthotic/Prosthetic Practitioner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Prosthetics and Orthotic Practioner Alliance Prosthetics & Orthotic, Inc. Santa Fe Springs, CA Jun 21, 2013 $50,000
Prosthetics and Orthotic Practitioner Alliance Prosthetics & Orthotic, Inc. Santa Fe Springs, CA Jun 26, 2013 $50,000
Orthotic/Prosthetic Clinician Hanger, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $45,544
Orthotic/Prosthetic Clinician Hanger, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 10, 2015 $44,741
Orthotic/Prosthetic Clinician Hanger, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 20, 2015 $44,471
Prosthetics/Orthotics Practitioner AMQ Medical Equipment Inc. Bayamn, PR Sep 28, 2010 $35,500

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Orthotic/Prosthetic Practitioner Demographics

Gender

Male

47.6%

Female

38.1%

Unknown

14.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Asian

17.7%

Black or African American

13.7%

Hispanic or Latino

5.5%

Unknown

4.7%
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Orthotic/Prosthetic Practitioner Education

Schools

University of Pittsburgh -

9.1%

Century College

9.1%

Paul Mitchell the School North Haven

4.5%

Southwestern University

4.5%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.5%

Marquette University

4.5%

Concordia University, Saint Paul

4.5%

New York University

4.5%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

4.5%

Long Island Business Institute - Flushing

4.5%

State University of New York College at Cortland

4.5%

Central Michigan University

4.5%

University of Hartford

4.5%

State University of New York at Fredonia

4.5%

Spokane Falls Community College

4.5%

Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

4.5%

Point Park University

4.5%

Lindenwood University

4.5%

Appalachian State University

4.5%

Mississippi State University

4.5%
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Majors

Business

9.1%

Military Applied Sciences

9.1%

Biology

4.5%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Mechanical Engineering

4.5%

Physiology And Anatomy

4.5%

Exercise Physiology

4.5%

Medical Technician

4.5%

Cosmetology

4.5%

Health Sciences And Services

4.5%

Engineering

4.5%

Medical Assisting Services

4.5%

Global Studies

4.5%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

4.5%

Accounting

4.5%

Medicine

4.5%

Industrial Technology

4.5%

Geography

4.5%

Computer Applications

4.5%

Liberal Arts

4.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Other

22.7%

Masters

13.6%

Certificate

9.1%

Associate

9.1%

Diploma

4.5%
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Updated May 19, 2020