Preparing graduates in Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics for nearly 40 years. This program is unique in Ontario.

Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics is a joint program with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and other facilities that teaches you how to assess and fit patients with artificial limbs, braces and splints. This program is unique in Ontario.

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Overview

Program name
Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics
Code
S407
Experiential learning
Clinical experiences in various healthcare institutions
Duration
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
September
Credential
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Closed
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A
International students
This program is currently only available to domestic students.

Full Description

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”).

    female students works with elderly orthotics/prosthetics client

    Part Time Study Options

    This program is not available on a part-time basis.

    Experiential Learning

    Clinical experiences in various healthcare institutions

    Your Field Study options

    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.

    Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    1. Gather and assimilate information about a patient through medical records, prosthetic/orthotic history, patient's comments and clinical examination, and be sensitive to the implications of the relevant information.
    2. Recognize patient conditions requiring medical/health care beyond the scope of orthotic and prosthetic practice.
    3. Based on the appropriate prescription, design and articulate a prosthetic/orthotic treatment plan based upon the prescription received and assessment made of the patient and, when necessary, in communication with various members of the health care team.
    4. Analyze information concerning the proposed prosthetic/orthotic treatment plan and forecast the success of the appliance in terms of clinical principles and the patient's disability/pathology and expectations.
    5. Obtain all appropriate measurements, casts, layouts, etc., necessary to proceed with the prosthetic/orthotic treatment plan.
    6. Perform and prepare all the appropriate positive cast modifications, layout adjustments, and other procedures necessary to proceed with the fabrication of the prosthetic/orthotic appliance.
    7. Formulate and fabricate prosthetic/orthotic appliances utilizing knowledge of the appropriate prosthetic/orthotic materials and employing prescribed and accepted laboratory procedures.
    8. Perform patient fittings of the appropriate prosthetic/orthotic devices, including static and dynamic alignments, evaluating the appliance on the patient, instructing the patient in its use.
    9. Perform reassessments, adjustments or replacements of the prosthetic/orthotic appliance, in consultation with the referring physician, as the patient's age, physical condition, or life-style change.
    10. Keep abreast of new developments concerning prosthetic and orthotic care.
    11. Maintain organized patient records, encompassing all pertinent information relating to the ongoing prosthetic/orthotic treatment.
    12. Identify and relate to the various health care resources that are available to the prosthetist/orthotist and his or her patients.
    13. Appreciate the roles that the prosthetic/orthotic professional bodies play in the maintenance of standards and the development of the profession and to be willing to contribute towards its advancement.

    Required Courses

    SEMESTER 1

    semester courses
    CodeCourse Name
    ANAT1017Anatomy for Orthotics/Prosthetics I
    ORTH1001Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Theory I
    ORTH1005Laboratory Procedures I
    ORTH1002Applied Orthotic/Prosthetic Techniques I
    KINE1002Kinesiology and Biomechanics I

    SEMESTER 2

    semester courses
    CodeCourse Name
    ANAT1018Anatomy for Orthotics/Prosthetics II
    ORTH1003Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Theory II
    ORTH1004Applied Orthotic/Prosthetic Techniques II
    ORTH1006Laboratory Procedures II
    PHSL1003Physiology for Orthotics/Prosthetics

    SEMESTER 3

    semester courses
    CodeCourse Name
    KINE2001Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Case Studies
    ORTH2003Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Theory III
    ORTH2004Applied Orthotic/Prosthetic Techniques III
    ORTH2007Laboratory Procedures III
    ORTH2005Powered Prosthetics
    PATH2003Pathophysiology for Orthotics/Prosthetics I

    SEMESTER 4

    semester courses
    CodeCourse Name
    ORTH2018Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Theory IV
    ORTH2008Laboratory Procedures IV
    ORTH2006Applied Orthotic/Prosthetic Techniques IV
    ORTH2001Practice Management and Professional Issues in Orthotics/Prosthetics
    PATH2004Pathophysiology for Orthotics/Prosthetics II

    Detailed course outlines

    Your Career

    Employment is available in orthotic and prosthetic management at hospitals, rehabilitation centres and private facilities throughout Canada.

    Future Study Options

    This program follows a co-operative curriculum model with McMaster University’s master’s of science program in Rehabilitation Science.

    Students who elect to pursue both credentials are responsible for all fees at both institutions. For more information, see georgebrown.ca/prostheticsorthotics.

    Tuition

    $6,004.00 *

    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 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

    This program does not accept International students.

    Please note that Manitoba-based students will have certain specific ancillary fee charges removed prior to program registration.

    Financial Assistance

    This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

    Admission Requirements

    This program is available to domestic applicants only.

    • 4-year Bachelor of Science degree. A 4-year degree in Engineering or Kinesiology will be considered.
    • Courses in anatomy, biomechanics and gait, human physiology and pathology, and rehabilitation sciences are preferred
    • Transcripts for all post-secondary academic work (in progress or complete) must be submitted
    • Departmental review which will include:
      • Written entrance exam
      • Submission of two reference letters
      • Program-specific admissions assessment via video interview, designed to allow applicants to demonstrate their aptitude for developing the necessary applied and interpersonal skills essential to holistic clinical care*.
    • For more information please visit the Clinical Methods in Orthotics & Prosthetic page

    Please note

    • Only eligible applicants who meet the academic requirements will be invited to complete a written entrance exam. The top ranked applicants are then invited to submit two reference letters and attend the next stage of the admissions process.

    *Video interview results are only applicable for one academic cycle. Applicants who reapply must take the interview again, regardless of their previous result.

    This program is highly competitive and space is limited. There are now 10 seats available.

    NEW: Opportunity to study in Manitoba

    Previously, the top ranked applicants were offered one of eight positions available to attend the Toronto-based program. As of September 2020, a total of ten applicants, in order of admissions ranking, will be invited to accept clinical positions at either our Toronto OR Winnipeg-based program.

    The students in the Winnipeg-based program will be required to reside in Manitoba; and take classes via online delivery with our Toronto-based students in synchronous time. Note that any travel, re-location, or living costs associated with the acceptance of a clinical spot in Winnipeg will be the full responsibility of the student. The Winnipeg students are required to arrange their own transportation to the various hospitals and clinics associated with the program.

    Please also note: the students in the Toronto-based program will be required to travel to various hospitals and clinics associated with the program throughout the week. Students are required to arrange their own transportation.

    English Language Proficiency

    Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

    Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

    For more information on the program, please visit georgebrown.ca/prostheticsorthotics

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    Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

    Contact Us

    Phone: 416-480-5783. Please leave a message at this number.

    Email: applicant_info@gbcpando.com

    Visit the program website at 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.

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