Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics Program
(Postgraduate)
(S407)

2020-20212021-2022
  • Program Name:
    Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics
  • Code: S407
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    2 years (4 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $6,004.00 *
  • Experiential Learning:

    Clinical experiences in various healthcare institutions

  • Fall 2020 Delivery Method:
    Online (on-campus activities will resume as soon as it is safe to do so)

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Overview

Leadership Claims

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

Program Overview

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.

Full Description

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the planned delivery of this course starting in September 2020 will be online with limited access to onsite lab experiences.

PLEASE NOTE: In response to this evolving situation, the delivery, learning activities and evaluation methods may be further modified mid-semester.

Learners will require access to high-speed internet, a computer with a built-in or external web camera, a microphone and Google Chrome or Firefox as a web browser for online learning.

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”).

    Your Field Education 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 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.

    Courses

    Required Courses

    SEMESTER 1

    semester courses
    Code Course Name
    ANAT1017 Anatomy for Orthotics/Prosthetics I
    ORTH1001 Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Theory I
    ORTH1005 Laboratory Procedures I
    ORTH1002 Applied Orthotic/Prosthetic Techniques I
    KINE1002 Kinesiology and Biomechanics I

    SEMESTER 2

    semester courses
    Code Course Name
    ANAT1018 Anatomy for Orthotics/Prosthetics II
    ORTH1003 Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Theory II
    ORTH1004 Applied Orthotic/Prosthetic Techniques II
    ORTH1006 Laboratory Procedures II
    PHSL1003 Physiology for Orthotics/Prosthetics

    SEMESTER 3

    semester courses
    Code Course Name
    KINE2001 Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Case Studies
    ORTH2003 Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Theory III
    ORTH2004 Applied Orthotic/Prosthetic Techniques III
    ORTH2007 Laboratory Procedures III
    ORTH2005 Powered Prosthetics
    PATH2003 Pathophysiology for Orthotics/Prosthetics I

    SEMESTER 4

    semester courses
    Code Course Name
    ORTH2018 Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Theory IV
    ORTH2008 Laboratory Procedures IV
    ORTH2006 Applied Orthotic/Prosthetic Techniques IV
    ORTH2001 Practice Management and Professional Issues in Orthotics/Prosthetics
    PATH2004 Pathophysiology for Orthotics/Prosthetics II

    Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

    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 and Fees

    Domestic Tuition

    $6,004.00 *

    Additional Costs

    * 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.

    Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

    How to Qualify and Apply

    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

    How to Apply

    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.

    Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

    Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics Program
    (Postgraduate)
    (S407)

    2020-20212021-2022
    • Program Name:
      Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics
    • Code: S407
    • Credential:
      Ontario College Graduate Certificate
    • Method of Study:
      Full-time
    • Duration:
      2 years (4 semesters)
    • Centre:
    • School:
    • Location: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
    • Starting Months: September
    • Domestic Tuition:
      $6,333.00 *
    • Experiential Learning:
      Clinical experiences in various GTA healthcare institutions

    Compare up to 3 programs

    Overview

    Leadership Claims

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

    Program Overview

    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.

    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”).

    Your Field Education 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 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.

    Courses

    Required Courses

    SEMESTER 1

    semester courses
    Code Course Name
    ORTH1001 Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Theory I
    ORTH1005 Laboratory Procedures I
    ORTH1002 Applied Orthotic/Prosthetic Techniques I
    ANAT1017 Anatomy for Orthotics/Prosthetics I
    KINE1002 Kinesiology and Biomechanics I

    SEMESTER 2

    semester courses
    Code Course Name
    ORTH1003 Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Theory II
    ORTH1004 Applied Orthotic/Prosthetic Techniques II
    ORTH1006 Laboratory Procedures II
    ANAT1018 Anatomy for Orthotics/Prosthetics II
    PHSL1003 Physiology for Orthotics/Prosthetics

    SEMESTER 3

    semester courses
    Code Course Name
    ORTH2003 Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Theory III
    ORTH2004 Applied Orthotic/Prosthetic Techniques III
    ORTH2007 Laboratory Procedures III
    ORTH2005 Powered Prosthetics
    PATH2003 Pathophysiology for Orthotics/Prosthetics I
    KINE2001 Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Case Studies

    SEMESTER 4

    semester courses
    Code Course Name
    ORTH2018 Orthotics/Prosthetics Clinical Theory IV
    ORTH2008 Laboratory Procedures IV
    ORTH2006 Applied Orthotic/Prosthetic Techniques IV
    ORTH2001 Practice Management and Professional Issues in Orthotics/Prosthetics
    PATH2004 Pathophysiology for Orthotics/Prosthetics II

    Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

    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 and Fees

    Domestic Tuition

    $6,333.00 *

    Additional Costs

    * 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.

    Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

    How to Qualify and Apply

    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.

    Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

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

    How to Apply

    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.

    Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.