Orthotic / Prosthetic Technician Program (S102)

PROGRAM
Orthotic / Prosthetic Technician
CODE
S102
SCHOOL
School of Health and Wellness
LOCATION
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
DURATION
2 years (4 semesters)
STARTING MONTH
September
CREDENTIAL
Ontario College Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician is a two-year, practice-oriented, hands-on program that teaches students to be competent with many hand tools and specialized machines used in the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices. This program is unique in Ontario.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

Orthotic/Prosthetic Tehcnician is a practice-oriented, hands-on program that teaches students to be competent in the use of many hand tools and specialized machines for the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices.

Students learn how to make the following devices to help rehabilitate individuals with disabilities:

  • orthoses (braces and splints)
  • prostheses (artificial limbs)

New materials, techniques and controls create an increasing demand for technically competent people in this field.

The orthotic/prosthetic technician makes prostheses and orthoses from technical specifications, measurements and plaster casts using a variety of materials, such as:

  • thermosetting resins
  • thermoforming plastics
  • metal
  • fabrics
  • leather

This program will appeal to students who have:

  • good hand skills
  • a strong background in math and human sciences

This program is unique in Ontario.

female student working in an orthotic/prosthetic lab

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
ANAT1036 Anatomy
ORTH1007 Materials and Laboratory Techniques I
KINE1010 Kinesiology for Orthotics/Prosthetics Technicians I
ORTH1008 Fabrication Theory I
COMM1007 College English
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
PATH1013 Pathology
ORTH1009 Materials and Laboratory Techniques II
ORTH1010 Fabrication Theory II
KINE1014 Kinesiology for Orthotics/Prosthetics Technicians II
GNED General Education Elective (choose two)

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
ORTH2009 Materials and Laboratory Techniques III
ORTH2011 Externally Powered Orthotics/Prosthetics Rehabilitation Techniques
ORTH2010 Fabrication Theory III
KINE1003 Kinesiology/Biomechanics for Technicians I
ORTH2012 Pre-Graduate Work Experience I
GSCI1056 Computers in Our Society

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
ORTH2016 Materials and Laboratory Techniques IV
ORTH2015 Professional Issues in Orthotics/Prosthetics
ORTH2013 Pre-Graduate Work Experience II
ORTH2017 Fabrication Theory IV
KINE1005 Kinesiology/Biomechanics for Technicians II
ORTH2014 Advanced Material Orthotics/Prosthetics Techniques

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Two years after graduation, graduates will be eligible to apply for professional registration with Orthotists Prosthetists Canada (formerly the "Canadian Board of Certification").

Excellent employment opportunities are available across Canada in:

  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation centres
  • private facilities

Future Study Options 

Graduates of this program with a B.Sc. or equivalent degree who wish to continue their studies may qualify for admission to the Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics (Postgraduate) program.

See the S407 Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics program web page for full admission requirements.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$6,343.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

This program does not accept International students.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and the selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Biology (C or U) or Grade 12 (U)
  • Post-secondary (college or university) courses which are equivalent to the secondary school requirements stated will be accepted.
  • Department interview including written test (English, Math, Human Anatomy), dexterity test and problem solving tasks

Please note: Physics courses are recommended prior to starting the program.

Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/prostheticsorthotics for more information.

** Mature student status (19 years or older and no OSSD)

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

This program is available to Domestic applicants only.

Special Requirements  

Additional Mandatory Requirements

Pre-placement Health Form (for second year students only)

  • Second year students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for this program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at www.georgebrown.ca/preplacement.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (for second year students only)

  • In compliance with requests from our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police record check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).”
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a “clear” police reference check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement

http://www.georgebrown.ca/preplacement/record_check

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Phone: 416-480-5783 between 9 a.m. and noon, on Wednesdays only. Please leave a message at this number.

Email: prostheticsorthotics@georgebrown.ca

Visit the program website at www.georgebrown.ca/prostheticsorthotics

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.