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Orthotics And Prosthetics

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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Learn about how to enter the program

Learn about our innovative program curriculum

Discover what employers are looking for

Learn why professionals love this career

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.

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 the requirements for your degree or certificate, click here, then select the specific degree or certificate you are pursuing.

  • Mapuana Carey
    Mapuana Carey
    Program Specialist 2

  • Ambrose Cavegn
    Ambrose Cavegn
    Orthotic-Prosthetic Techni
    A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; B.A.S., South Seattle College
  • Ken Mandler
    Ken Mandler
    Orthotic-Prosthetic Techni
    B.S., California State University

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
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

Māpuana Carey

Pathways Specialist