Earn an Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology A.S. Degree from spc

SPC offers a two-year Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology Associate in Science Degree, the first and only associate degree for orthotic and prosthetic technicians in Florida.

SPC partners with Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc., the James A. Haley VA Medical Center and Shriners Hospital for Children to offer this program.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Medical Appliance Technicians

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

880

2026

1,050

Percent Change

19

Projected Job Openings

120

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

Tim Fair
Academic Chair
727-302-6611
fair.tim@spcollege.edu


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.


Florida CIP Code

1351230702: Heath Science

Federal CIP Code

51.9082: Medical Appliance Technicians

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

Please review the Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology A.S. Admission Guide.

The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology A.S. program as well as explain the timetable for evaluation and further admission correspondence. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application at the appropriate time. Only students who satisfy all the application requirements and submit a complete application in accordance with the information detailed in the Admission Guide will be considered for admission.


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

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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

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

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

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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

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

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.

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.

SUPPORT COURSES
Anatomy & Physiology (Complete 4 credits)

1 BSC 1084C Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology 4

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 38 Credits

PRO 1002 Introduction to Orthotics & Prosthetics 2
PRO 1010C Introduction to Basic Fabrication Hand Skills 2
PRO 1131C Material Science 3
PRO 1312C Ankle Foot Orthoses Fabrication 2
PRO 1372C Upper Limb Orthosis Fabrication 2
PRO 1315C Leather Work for the Lower Limb Orthosis 2
PRO 1314C Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses 2
PRO 1351C Spinal Orthosis Fabrication 2
PRO 2302C Transtibial Socket Inserts, Alignment and Duplication 2
PRO 2333C Transfemoral Socket Fabrication 2
PRO 2362C Transradial Prosthesis Fabrication 2
PRO 1320C Thermoplastic Orthosis Fabrication 2
PRO 2011C Advanced Procedures 2
PRO 2860C Board Exam Review 2
PRO 2363C Transhumeral Prosthesis Fabrication 2
PRO 1392C Prosthetic Finishing Procedures 1-2
2 PRO 2804C Technician Practicum 2
3 PRO 2804C Technician Practicum 2
4 PRO 2804C Technician Practicum 2

1 BSC 2085/L and BSC 2086/L may be substituted for BSC 1084C.
2 Topic: Lab Basics
3 Topic: O&P Design Plans
4 Topic: O&P Fabrication

Total Credits 60

orthotics and prosthetics teaching Facilities at spc

You'll take your orthotics and prosthetics 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.

Getting hands-on experiences in laboratory settings are essential in orthotics and prosthetics education so you can master planning processes and materials fabrication skills. SPC's 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

Industry certification

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. As part of your coursework in SPC's Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology A.S. Degree, you may be eligible for the following industry certifications:

CONTINUING YOUR EDUCATION

SPC's Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology A.S. Degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.

HEALTH CONTINUING EDUCATION

We also offer orthotics and prosthetics health continuing education through the Workforce Institute.

Orthotics and Prosthetics AS Degree

Program Admissions

Program Admission Guide

Accreditation

The Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology A.S. Degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).

Graduation Rates

Cohort Gradation Year Graduation Rate
2015 83%
2016 71%
2017 85%
2018 82%

Resources

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.