Orthotists and Prosthetists

Education Required

Following graduation from a master’s degree program, candidates typically complete a residency that has been accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). Residency programs in either orthotics or prosthetics typically last about 1 year, although they may take longer for candidates who want to specialize in both disciplines. Some states require orthotists and prosthetists to be licensed. Requirements vary; contact your state’s licensing board for more information. Employers usually prefer to hire candidates with certification that indicates their competency in the occupation. Certification typically requires that candidates meet education requirements to sit for exams and complete continuing education requirements to maintain it.

Career Setting

What is this job like?

Orthotists and prosthetists are healthcare professionals who specialize in the design, fabrication, fitting, and maintenance of orthotic and prosthetic devices. They work with individuals who have physical disabilities or limb deficiencies to improve their mobility, function, and quality of life. Click to explore more occupational details:

Orthotists and Prosthetists