Earn an Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology A.S. Degree
SPC offers a two-year Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology A.S. Degree, the first and only associate degree for orthotic and prosthetic technicians in Florida.
You'll take classes at our $11 million J.E. Hanger College of Orthotics and Prosthetics, where we combine lectures and extensive hands on labs to prepare you to fabricate artificial limbs and orthopedic braces. The Hanger Clinic is one of the largest providers of orthotic and prosthetic services in the U.S., and partners with SPC on educational, clinical and material management activities.
SPC's program meets the standards of the profession and prepares you to take the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics Technician Certification Exams.
The A.S. degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).
As part of your coursework, you may be eligible for the following industry certifications:
- Orthotics & Prosthetics Technician
- Technical Standards and Essential Functions
- Program Admission Guide
- Students accepted into the program will be required to successfully pass a background check and drug screening.
The Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology A.S. degree prepares you to become a certified orthotic and/or prosthetic technician. Certified orthotic and prosthetic technicians fabricate, repair and maintain quality orthoses and/or prostheses under the direction of a certified orthotists and prosthetists. Technicians meet a growing patient need and are proficient in current fabricating techniques, familiar with material properties and skilled in the use of appropriate equipment.
The Orthotics and Prosthetics field is growing at a much faster rate than other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. With the geriatric and diabetic patient populations increasing, so is the need for orthotic and prosthetic professionals. Graduates of our program can find work in orthotic and prosthetic practices, hospitals, central fabrication facilities and orthotic and prosthetic manufacturing companies.
Getting hands-on experiences in laboratory settings are essential in O&P education to master planning processes and materials fabrication skills. The O&P building has 5,151 square feet of actual lab space and another 3,443 of lab support space (CAD, machining, lamination, plaster room, thermal forming, mill/lathe, material testing, etc.).
- Main laboratory with 48 individual work stations, 12 specialized fabrication devices, an overhead and wall projector system, and four industrial sewing machines
- Twenty-four (24) CAD/CAM systems
- Five specialized fabrication rooms with state-of-the-art industrial equipment
- Dedicated human model evaluation and practice treatment room that serves 10 patients at one time
- Plaster room with 16 workstations
- Thermal forming room with 12 workstations and three industrial ovens
- Dedicated model room with eight laser scanners; four GaitRite mat systems; two sports motion analysis systems and electronic F-socket sensor systems; three laser posture systems; an alignment system; and an upper limb myoelectric tester
- Evaluation rooms with related gait and motion equipment
- Mill room that houses two computerized Omega carvers
- Lamination room with eight laminating stations
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP)
As the pre-eminent professional organization in orthotics and prosthetics, the mission of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists is to promote high standards of patient care through advocacy, education, and literature and research. In keeping with this mission the academy is the professional organization representing practitioners credentialed by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics.
American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC)
The American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) is the national certifying and accrediting body for the orthotic and prosthetic professions. The public requires and deserves assurance that the persons providing orthotic and prosthetic services and care are qualified to provide the appropriate services, and it was on this basis that the ABC was established as a credentialing organization.
American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA)
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.
International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)
The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), is a multi-disciplinary organization comprised of persons who have a professional interest in the clinical, educational and research aspects of prosthetics, orthotics, rehabilitation engineering and related topics.
Amputee Coalition of America (ACA)
The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is a national, non-profit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences. The ACA includes individual amputees, amputee education and support groups for amputees, professionals, family members and friends of amputees, amputation or limb loss related agencies, and organizations.
Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund (OPAF)
The Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund (OPAF) is a nonprofit organization, a 501(c)(3) public charity, established and incorporated by the Orthotics and Prosthetics National Office. Dedicated initially to providing financial and in-kind support to the 1996 Paralympics, the Fund now generates its own initiatives through partnerships with individuals, organizations, and institutions engaged in raising public awareness of physical disability; and improving the quality of rehabilitation medicine, science and technology.
oandp.com, the global information portal for orthotics and prosthetics
oandp.com is an Internet portal dedicated to providing comprehensive information and services to the orthotics and prosthetics profession. Their vision is to make as much information as possible freely available to both professionals and consumers, toward the goal of improving the quality of care provided by O&P professionals and the quality of life of their patients.