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Orthotist & Prosthetist

Orthotist & Prosthetist

Orthotists (COs) and Prosthetists (CPs) are certified specialists who make and fit upper and lower limb devices designed to replace or repair those lost or disabled through injury or disease. Orthotists make and fit orthopaedic braces; prosthetists make and fit artificial limbs. Some people may be qualified to work in both areas.

Salary Range: $35,870 – $104,010

Salary Notes: The annual mean salary isĀ  $65,630; in Vermont it is $82,470.

Where you can study:
University of Hartford [1], West Hartford, CT

Where you might work:
– Government Agencies – Hospitals – Laboratories – Private Practice

Job Outlook: As medical and technological advances in the field of orthotics and prosthetics continue, demand for skilled and experienced workers will be considerable. Jobs for orthotists and prosthetists are expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2024.

Education, Licensing and Certification: A bachelor degree, specific training courses in orthotics and prosthetics, and at least one year of supervised experience in the field. There are only a few accredited training programs in the U.S. and they award either a bachelor degree or a certificate.

Professional Organizations:
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) [2] 202-380-3663
National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education [3] 703-836-7114