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

Year of Study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Closed
Jan. 2020 N/A
May 2020 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 is a unique full-time program 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 OCAS by February 1 of each year.

Co-ordinated between George Brown College and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the program allows students to obtain clinical experiences under the direction of certified prosthetists/orthotists at:

  • Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre
  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • The Hospital for Sick Children

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


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


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


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


$6,333.00 *

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 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

This program does not accept International students.

Admission Requirements

This program is available to domestic applicants only.

  • 4-year Bachelor of Science degree AND demonstrated, relevant work experience. 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:

  • In-field health sector experience (volunteer or paid), while not mandatory for acceptance to this program, may be a significant enhancement to an S407 application.
  • Only eligible applicants who meet the academic requirements will 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.
The eight top ranked applicants may be offered one of the Toronto-based program placements available. Beginning in September 2020, two additional applicants, in order of admissions ranking, may be considered for clinical spots at our Manitoba partners (the Manitoba Orthotics and Prosthetics Association/Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre); 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 acceptance of a clinical spot in Manitoba will be fully the responsibility of the accepted student.

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.

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