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Orthotics & Prosthetics Technology A.S. Degree

  • Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology
    Associate in Science

    ORTHO-AS

    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2016 (520)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2016 (520), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



    Program Leadership Information

    Arlene Gillis, College of Orthotics& Prosthetics Program Director, (727) 341-4153
    Richard Flora, Dean, 727-302-6721

    Program Summary

    PROGRAM BEGINS EVERY AUGUST
    SPC's Associate in Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology is the first and only associate's degree program for orthotic and prosthetic technicians in the State of Florida. This program combines lecture and extensive hands on labs to prepare students to fabricate artificial limbs and orthopedic braces. The program meets the standards of the profession. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics Technician Certification Exams.

    All Orthotic and Prosthetic (O&P) courses are taught only at the Health Education Center at 7200 66th St. N., Pinellas Park.

    Due to the time-intensive nature of the O&P program courses, it is recommended that students complete the general education and support courses prior to entry into the program.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.


    Job Related Opportunities

    • Careers:
    • This program is for those wishing to become a Certified Orthotic and/or Prosthetic Technician.
    • Career Outlook:
    • According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the Orthotics and Prosthetics field is growing at a much faster rate than other occupations. With the geriatric and diabetic patient populations increasing, so is the need for orthotic and prosthetic professionals. Certified Orthotic and Prosthetic technicians support Certified Orthotists and Prosthetists by making quality devices per practitioner instructions to enable the growing patient need to be met.
    • Opportunities:
    • Graduates of our program may work in orthotic and prosthetic practices, hospitals, central fabrication facilities, and orthotic and prosthetic manufacturing companies.

    Admission Rules

    Before admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician AS program, students must complete all General Education requirements and BSC 1084C with a minimum grade of "C".

    Graduation Rules

    In order to graduate with the Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician AS degree, students must:

    Earn a minimum grade of "C" in all required coursework
    Complete the 60 credits required for the degree
    Complete at least 15 credits required for the degree in residence (at SPC)
    Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
    Earn a GPA of at least 2.0 in courses completed at SPC

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Composition I

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Humanities and Fine Arts

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Mathematics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Ethics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Computer/Information Literacy Competency

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

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    SUPPORT COURSES
    Anatomy & Physiology (Complete 4 credits)

    BSC 1084CEssentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology4

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Complete 38 Credits

    PRO 1002CIntroduction to Orthotics & Prosthetics2
    PRO 1010CIntroduction to Basic Fabrication Hand Skills2
    PRO 1131CMaterial Science3
    PRO 1312CAnkle Foot Orthoses Fabrication2
    PRO 1372CUpper Limb Orthosis Fabrication2
    PRO 1315CLeather Work for the Lower Limb Orthosis2
    PRO 1314CKnee Ankle Foot Orthoses2
    PRO 1351CSpinal Orthosis Fabrication2
    PRO 2302CTranstibial Socket Inserts, Alignment and Duplication2
    PRO 2333CTransfemoral Socket Fabrication2
    PRO 2362CTransradial Prosthesis Fabrication2
    PRO 1320CThermoplastic Orthosis Fabrication2
    PRO 2011CAdvanced Procedures2
    PRO 2860CBoard Exam Review2
    PRO 2363CTranshumeral Prosthesis Fabrication2
    PRO 1392CProsthetic Finishing Procedures1-2
    1PRO 2804CTechnician Practicum2
    2PRO 2804CTechnician Practicum2
    3PRO 2804CTechnician Practicum2

    1 Topic: Lab Basics
    2 Topic: O&P Design Plans
    3 Topic: O&P Fabrication

    Total Credits60
  • 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 & 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. 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.

    oandptech.com, website for O&P technicians

    A new website dedicated to serving the needs of O&P technicians. Resources include a web forum for the discussion of technical issues, a classified section and educational information.

  • Become an orthotic or prosthetic technician

    SPC, a national leader in orthotics and prosthetic training, offers a two-year Associate in Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology, 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 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).

  • Careers

    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.

    Outlook

    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.

  • Growing Demand for O&P

    Demand for O&P professionals continues to grow, as do the educational requirements. Careers in orthotics and prosthetics include practitioners (certified orthotists and certified prosthetists), pedorthists, assistants, fitters and technicians. The practitioner level provides comprehensive care, including assessment, treatment plans and practice management, and requires a master's degree. Those who assist practitioners at various levels need post-secondary training and certifications.

    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:

    • About 156,000 individuals lose a limb each year
    • More than 1.5 million people have had amputations and need ongoing care
    • More than 54 million people experience functional limitations due to impairment or health conditions
    • Rising rates of obesity and diabetes will impact the need for services:
      • Nearly one-third of the adult population is obese and another one-third is overweight.
      • Estimates indicate the rate of diabetes may rise as high as one in three for people born after the year of 2000, with as many as 29 million people affected by 2050.
    • By 2030, 20 percent of the United States population will be 65 or older.
    • Arthritis is on the rise in America with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projecting that 67 million people will be afflicted by 2030. Orthoses may be used to stabilize joints, reduce pain and improve function.
    • People who survive strokes are often left with physical disabilities requiring orthotic devices.
    • The number of amputees returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is more than double that of other wars, with more than 30,000 soldiers with significant injuries requiring O&P services.
  • OP facilities

    Facilities

    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.).

    SPC provides:

    • 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
    • Multiple exam rooms for on-site patient treatment and full clinic facility
  • Need more information on advising or admissions?

    Contact an Advisor

    Contact Arlene Gillis, Program Director at 341-4151