St. Petersburg College has been a leader in orthotics and prosthetics training. Just take a look at what Program Director Arlene Gillis has been doing to help wounded veterans. Or how SPC is assisting in a study with Florida State University and the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop adjustable sockets that better fit on residual limbs.
At SPC, we offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics, with classes taught in our $11-million Banker's Insurance Group building at the Health Education Center.
To adapt to new master's level educational requirements for entry-level orthotists and prosthetists, SPC has developed a partnership with Florida State University. Students who earn their bachelor's degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics at SPC can attend FSU online to earn a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, with a specialization in Management of Orthotics and Prosthetics.
Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P) care plays a critical role in the health care delivery system of the United States. Orthotists provide care for patients with disabling conditions of the limbs and spine by designing, fabricating and fitting devices known as orthoses. A prosthetist provides care for patients with partial or total absence of the limbs by designing, fabricating and fitting devices known as prostheses.
Patients who require these specialized services usually are casualties of accidents or wars; are diabetic; or suffer from other diseases that restrict blood flow or interfere with joint and/or limb function.
Extensive laboratory experiences are necessary in O&P education to master the computerized planning process, materials fabrication and professional patient 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.).
Changing demographics and health factors will significantly raise the demand for trained O&P professionals. In fact, a recent study by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education estimates that without an increase in O&P graduates, the number of practicing orthotists can serve just 61% of patients who need them. The study also projects the number of people using prostheses to increase by 50%. Some reasons for the expected rise in need in the United States include:
Since its inception, the O&P program has partnered with J.E. Hanger Corp., one of the largest providers of orthotic and prosthetic services in the U.S. The J.E. Hanger Corp. is a long-standing benefactor of the program and partners with SPC on educational, clinical and material management activities.
There are many other opportunities to partner in research, enhancement, and development of products and materials. Some examples are:
SPC has partnerships with more than 50 clinical agencies in Florida, including:
The shortest wait times are in the morning. To be sure you will see
an advisor, please arrive at least one hour before closing. Limited
services may be available up to an hour before closing, depending on the number of students waiting.
Download the estimated program costs.
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 & research. In keeping with this mission
the Academy is the professional organization representing practitioners
credentialed by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and
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.
The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association
(AOPA) is a national trade association committed to providing high
quality, unprecedented business services and products to O&P
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
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.
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
is an Internet portal dedicated to providing comprehensive information
and services to the orthotics and prosthetics profession. The vision of
oandp.com 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.
A new website dedicated to serving the needs of O&P technicians. Resources include a web forum for the discussion of technical issues, a classifieded section and educational information.
Dr. Rebecca Ludwig, Dean, HEC, 727-341-4151
Arlene Gillis, Program Director, HEC, 727-341-4153
Michele Leonard, Baccalaureate Program Specialist, HEC, 727-341-3794
PROGRAM BEGINS EVERY AUGUST
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APPROVED REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH CATALOG YEAR
20122/0465 (BEGINNING 1/7/13) OR LATER
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The following courses are required and may be used as part of the General Education Requirements*:
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