Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics is a two-year postgraduate program that trains students to make and fit prostheses (artificial limbs) and orthoses (braces and splints).
This full-time program is unique in Ontario and is taught at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre by faculty currently working in the field.
Classes start in September only. Winter and summer start options are not available.
Applications must be submitted to Ontario Colleges by February 1 of each year.
As of September 2020, the George Brown College Prosthetics & Orthotics Clinical Methods Program (S407) will be accepting 10 instead of the previous eight students into the program. Eight students will be accepted to attend the Toronto-based program, and two students will be accepted to the Winnipeg-based program.
The two additional Winnipeg-based seats have been created in response to our profession (Orthotics Prosthetics Canada), our Program Advisory Committee, and our stakeholders - all of whom identify a need to address the shortage of Certified Prosthetic and Orthotic clinicians, especially in Manitoba.
The Toronto-based program allows students to obtain theory, laboratory, and clinical experiences under the direction of faculty that are Certified Prosthetists/Orthotists at:
- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre (Hamilton)
- Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
- The Hospital for Sick Children
- Prosthetic Energy
- OrthoProActive Consultants
- Boundless Biomechanical Bracing
The Winnipeg-based program will be delivering the laboratory and clinical experiences under the direction of faculty that are Certified Prosthetists/Orthotists.
- Winnipeg Health Science Center
- Rehabilitation Centre for Children
- Winnipeg Prosthetics and Orthotics
- Anderson Orthopedics
- Snider Orthotic Design
Broadcast from the Toronto-based campuses, the theory, support courses, and clinical demonstrations will be taught synchronously online to allow the two Winnipeg-based students to learn from the same instructors, follow the same curriculum, and be able to interact with the eight Toronto-based students.
This program will appeal to students who have a background in health sciences and are interested in working with people and helping patients in their attempts to overcome disabilities.
Graduates will be eligible for certification by Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (formerly the “Canadian Board of Certification”).
The onsite and offsite clinical experience in this program helps prepare students for the real work ahead. The design and fabrication of the prosthetic/orthotic devices take place in the laboratory procedure’s courses. During the "Clinical Techniques” classes in each semester, students will have the chance to work directly with clients that require prosthetic/orthotic treatment including the client assessment, measurement, shape capture by hand and scanning and rectification of plaster and digital positive models. Provision and evaluation of treatment will be unique to suit each client’s individual needs.
PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible to travel to the various hospitals and clinics in the program by either personal or public transportation.