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Orthotic And Prosthetic Technology

If you want to improve the quality of life for people who have lost a limb or have a physical disability, consider a career in the growing and rewarding field of orthotics and prosthetics fabrication.

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1. Students will be able to fabricate lower extremity, spinal and upper extremity orthotic and
prosthetic devices at a standard equal to or greater than an entry-level capability.
2. Students will be able to recognize and articulate basic anatomy and terminology utilized in the orthotic prosthetic profession.
3. Students will demonstrate the professional behavior attributes of a desirable employee in the orthotic prosthetic profession.
 

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.

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Total Credits: 109

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
OR-PR 141
Foundations of Orthotics
6
OR-PR 142
Spinal Musculoskeletal Anatomy
2
OR-PR 144
Spinal Orthotics
4
OR-PR 180
Orthotic Fitter
3
Choose 1 course from:
BT 107
Business Communications
5
BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
5
BUS 280
Human Relations in Business
5
Total Credits
 
20
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
OR-PR 152
Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Anatomy 1-Lower Leg, Foot & Ankle
1
OR-PR 154
Foot Orthoses and Footwear Modifications
3
OR-PR 156
Lower Extremity Orthotics 1-Ankle-Foot Orthoses (AFOs)
8
OR-PR 182
Therapeutic Shoe Fitter
1
Choose 1 course from:
BT 107
Business Communications
5
BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
5
BUS 280
Human Relations in Business
5
Total Credits
 
18
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
OR-PR 162
Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Anatomy 2-Knee, Upper Leg, & Hip
1
OR-PR 164
Lower Extremity Orthotics 2-Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthoses (KAFOs)
8
OR-PR 172
Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Anatomy
1
OR-PR 174
Upper Extremity Orthotics
2
Choose 1 course from:
BT 107
Business Communications
5
BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
5
BUS 280
Human Relations in Business
5
Total Credits
 
17
 

Summer

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
OR-PR 178
Orthotic Practicum
6
Total Credits
 
6
 

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
BT 160
Job Preparation Techniques
3
OR-PR 111
Foundations of Prosthetics
4
OR-PR 112
Transtibial Musculoskeletal Anatomy
2
OR-PR 114
Transtibial Prosthetics I
6
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
HLTH 174
First Aid
3
OR-PR 122
Transfemoral Musculoskeletal Anatomy
1
OR-PR 124
Transtibial Prosthetics II
6
OR-PR 126
Transfemoral Prosthetics
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
OR-PR 132
Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Anatomy
1
OR-PR 134
Transradial Prosthetics
6
OR-PR 136
Transhumeral Prosthetics
5
Total Credits
 
12
 

Second Summer

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
OR-PR 138
Prosthetic Practicum
6
Total Credits
 
6
 

You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create a personal education plan customized to your interests and goals, your start quarter, full- or part-time status, any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.
For an up to date list of all classes that satisfy requirements for your degree/ certificate in iCatalog, click here, then select the specific degree or certificate you are pursuing.

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    12,184
  • Non-Resident

    $
    16,632
  • International

    $
    30,176
  • Avg. Books

    $
    702
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
    N/A
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    N/A

These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Mapuana Carey
    Mapuana Carey
    Program Specialist 2
    Mapuana.Carey@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3288

  • Ambrose Cavegn
    Ambrose Cavegn
    Orthotic-Prosthetic Techni
    A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; B.A.S., South Seattle College
    Ambrose.Cavegn@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3732
  • Ken Mandler
    Ken Mandler
    Orthotic-Prosthetic Techni
    B.S., California State University
    Ken.Mandler@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3733

Meet Prosthetics Instructor Ambrose Cavegn

Meet Orthotics Instructor Ken Mandler

Learn about our national certifications

Learn about our industry advisory committee

Meet first year student Abby Peek

Meet first year student Kyrin McFarland

Meet recent graduate Lani Stewart

Meet Alumni Greg Bruno

Pre-requisites: No
Number of students each start: Varies
Contact: mapuana.carey@sfcc.spokane.edu
Applications deadline: Continuous
Notes: Personal interview required for admittance. Orthotic/Prosthetic AAS degree = 2 years. Orthotic Certificate = 1 year. Prosthetic Certificate = 1 year.

Program Entry

Students may enter the orthotics and prosthetics program during the fall quarter. Students usually finish the program two years from the starting date. Orthotic and prosthetics classes are not offered during the summer. While there are no prerequisites required, general education courses run concurrently with the orthotic and prosthetic courses. This program has a selective entry process with an individual interview required along with a completed application.

Competency-based Learning

This program is taught in a competency-based format in which each student works with reasonable independence utilizing numerous learning resources, and individual and group instruction. Competency-based learning allows students to progress as they learn mastery of academic content and fabrication techniques.

Orthotic and Prosthetic Lab

The orthotic and prosthetic lab has 9,000 square feet of space, including individual workstations for 32 students. Surrounding the main lab space are multiple rooms filled with specialized tools and equipment. The adjoining 1,200-square foot classroom is used for lectures and guest speaker presentations. To learn more about the lab, visit out Orthotic and Prosthetic Lab page.

Technical Practicum

Following three quarters of formal classroom training, students participate in a five-week technical practicum experience to practice fabrication skills under the supervision of an ABC certified practitioner or certified O&P technician. The technical practicum may take place in Spokane or another city

Essential Requirements

Orthotic and prosthetic technicians are master craftspersons who work on their feet all day. They must be able to use their arms and hands in a wide range of motions, including balancing, pushing, pulling, bending, stretching, and grasping of various materials using power and hand tools. Fine and gross motor coordination and dexterity are essential requirements for any student considering this program. Individuals considering this career should carefully investigate the physical demands required of orthotic and prosthetic technicians.

Success in the Program

To be successful, you must be able to work independently from written instructional textbooks. While prior experience is not required, successful students typically have developed skill in the use of hand and power tools and possess fine-motor hand skills. You must also be able to demonstrate the ability to work safely with a wide range of power tools and will be required to pass a safety clearance check on power equipment usage. Anyone who cannot meet these requirements will be considered unqualified to continue in the program.

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Ambrose Cavegn

Program Director
ambrose.cavegn@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3732

Māpuana Carey

Pathways Specialist
mapuana.carey@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3502