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Prepare yourself for a rewarding career.

Orthotic and prosthetic technicians apply their knowledge and skills to construct, fit, maintain, and repair orthotics and prosthetic devices for people who have an injury or birth defect, or who have lost a limb. Using machinery, hand tools, and materials such as leather, metal, and plastic, they create artificial limbs, braces, and other supportive devices to restore mobility or to relieve pain.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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The Academic Welcome Experience provides students with a smooth and helpful transition to college life. Students will become familiar with campus life, academic requirements, student expectations, learning environments, and the many services and resources available to them. It is also an important time for forming relationships and connections with fellow students, program advisors, and other members of the Baker College community.

Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

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Orthotic/Prosthetic Technology

Work in a profession that changes lives.

Prepare yourself for a rewarding career.

Orthotic and prosthetic technicians apply their knowledge and skills to construct, fit, maintain, and repair orthotics and prosthetic devices for people who have an injury or birth defect, or who have lost a limb. Using machinery, hand tools, and materials such as leather, metal, and plastic, they create artificial limbs, braces, and other supportive devices to restore mobility or to relieve pain.

Career Facts

$64,040

Median salary for Orthotists and Prosthetists

23%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

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Overview

Overview

As a student in the Baker College Orthotic/Prosthetic Technology associate degree program, you learn how to apply analytical and technical skills to create orthopedic braces and artificial limbs. You gain a solid understanding of design principles and fabrication techniques, using the newest technology and materials in labs and courses taught by leading industry professionals.

As a program graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to take the national registry exam, and earn your certification.

Enrollment for this program is limited.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

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Course Information

Course Information

Orthotic/Prosthetic Technology Major Requirements82 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
HSC 111

4 Quarter Hours

Acquaints students with a variety of perspectives about existing healthcare systems. A particular emphasis on the complexity of the American healthcare system will be made. Comparisons with other health care delivery models and national trends will be discussed. Current events are incorporated throughout this course.

Introduction to Healthcare 4
MED 103

4 Quarter Hours

Examines the fundamentals of word analysis by body system and emphasizes the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions of medical terms.

Medical Terminology 4
OPT 101

5 Quarter Hours

Introduces orthotic/prosthetic technology students to the history of orthotics and prosthetics. Students will acquire a working knowledge of the materials and equipment involved in the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices. Fabrication of plastic, aluminum, and steel projects will be completed by students in the lab portion of this course.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in HSC 111, B- or better in SCI 100F.
Introduction to Orthotic/Prosthetic Technology 5
OPT 201A

6 Quarter Hours

Introduces orthotic/prosthetic technology students to the history of diabetic foot care, foot orthoses, and shoe modifications. Students will acquire a working knowledge of bony and soft tissue anatomy,  and landmarks of the foot and ankle, an introduction to gait as well as pathologies associated orthotic care, and fabrication of the UCBL, foot orthoses, and shoe modifications will be completed by students in the lab portion of this course. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Corequisite(s):
OPT 221, OPT 233.
Foot and Ankle Orthotics 6
OPT 203

6 Quarter Hours

Introduces the orthotic/prosthetic technology students to the history of lower extremity orthotics. Students will acquire a working knowledge of bony and soft tissue anatomy and landmarks of the lower extremity. Fabrication of various plastic and hybrid lower extremity orthoses will be completed by students in the lab portion of this course. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OPT 201A, C or better in OPT 221, C or better in OPT 233.
Corequisite(s):
OPT 211A, OPT 212A.
Lower Extremity Plastic Orthotic Systems 6
OPT 204

6 Quarter Hours

Introduces orthotic/prosthetic technology students to the history of lower extremity orthotics. Students will acquire a working knowledge of bony and soft tissue anatomy and landmarks of the lower extremity. Fabrication of various metallower extremity orthoses will be completed by students in the lab portion of this course. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OPT 203, C or better in OPT 211A, C or better in OPT 212A.
Corequisite(s):
OPT 213A, OPT 241B, OPT 291
Lower Extremity Metal Orthotic Systems 6
OPT 211A

6 Quarter Hours

Introduces orthotic/prosthetic technology students to the history of partial foot and Symes prosthetics. Students will acquire a working knowledge of bony and soft tissue anatomy and landmarks of the foot and ankle. Fabrication of partial feet, and Symes prostheses will be completed by students in the lab portion of this course. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OPT 201A, C or better in OPT 221, C or better in OPT 233.
Corequisite(s):
OPT 203, OPT 212A.
Partial Foot and Symes Prosthetics 6
OPT 212A

6 Quarter Hours

Introduces orthotic/prosthetic technology students to the history of transtibial prosthetics. Students will acquire a working knowledge of bony and soft tissue anatomy and landmarks of the below-knee amputee. Fabrication of exoskeletal and endoskeletal prostheses will be completed by students in the lab portion of this course. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OPT 201A, C or better in OPT 221, C or better in OPT 233.
Corequisite(s):
OPT 203, OPT 211A.
Trans-tibial Prosthetics 6
OPT 213A

6 Quarter Hours

Introduces orthotic/prosthetic technology students to the history of transfemoral prosthetics. Students will acquire a working knowledge of bony and soft tissue anatomy and landmarks of the above-knee amputee. Fabrication of above-knee prostheses will be completed by students in the lab portion of this course. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OPT 203, C or better in OPT 211A, C or better in OPT 212A
Corequisite(s):
OPT 204, OPT 241B, OPT 291.
Trans-femoral Prosthetics 6
OPT 221

6 Quarter Hours

Introduces orthotic/prosthetic technology students to the history of upper extremity orthotics. Students will acquire a working knowledge of bony and soft tissue anatomy and landmarks of the upper extremity. Fabrication of hand, wrist, and humeral fracture orthoses will be completed by students in the lab portion of this course. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Corequisite(s):
OPT 201A, OPT 233.
Upper Extremity Orthotics 6
OPT 233

6 Quarter Hours

Introduces the Orthotic/Prosthetic Technology student to the history of transradial and transhumeral prosthetics. The student will acquire a working knowledge of bony and soft tissue anatomy and landmarks of the below and upper-elbow upper amputee. Fabrication of body powered below and upper elbow prostheses will be completed by the student in the lab portion of this course. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Corequisite(s):
OPT 201A, OPT 221.
Upper Extremity Prosthetics 6
OPT 241B

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces orthotic/prosthetic technology students to the history of spinal orthoses. Students will acquire a working knowledge of bony and soft tissue anatomy and landmarks of the neck and torso. Fabrication of spinal orthoses will be completed by students in the lab portion of this course. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OPT 203, C or better in OPT 211A, C or better in OPT 212A.
Corequisite(s):
OPT 204, OPT 213A, OPT 291
Spinal Orthotics 4
OPT 251

6 Quarter Hours

Introduces orthotic/prosthetic technology students to the public and private practice. Students will acquire a working knowledge of the orthotic and prosthetic lab and participate in the fabrication of orthoses and prostheses devices for patients. This is the externship portion of the program.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Orthotics/Prosthetic Clinical Externship 6
OPT 291

2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the didactic lectures and mock reviews which review the subject matter needed to successfully complete the American Board For Certification Technician examinations. The course will consist of a review of already acquired knowledge and technical skills. Students’ areas of test weaknesses and strengths will be identified through practice exams with instructor feedback.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in OPT 203, C or better in OPT 211A, C or better in OPT 212A.
Corequisite(s):
OPT 204, OPT 213A, OPT 241B
Orthotic/Prosthetic Technology Review 2
SCI 100F

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the structural organization of body systems. This course is designed for students with limited background in chemistry and biology. This course is intended for allied health students who need an overview of body systems. Students should check specific program requirements for anatomy and physiology before enrolling.

Structure and Function of the Human Body 4
SCI 246

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to general chemical principles, particularly emphasizing periodic properties, fundamental chemical calculations, formulas, equations, bonding, and nomenclature. Students develop selected chemistry lab skills through the practical application of techniques and procedures. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MTH 108 or B- or better in MTH 111.
Chemistry I 4
WRK 291B

1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate’s employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies 1
General Education Requirements28 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ELECT 120A

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Communication Electives (Associate Degree)

Communication Elective 4
ELECT 161A

2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List – Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective 2
ENG 101

4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I 4
ENG 102

4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students’ critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II 4
INF 161

2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society 2
MTH 111

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational equations.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra 4
SPK 201

4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 101

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations 4
PSY 111

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 110
Program Description

Program Description

This program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive education in the disciplines of Orthotic Technology (fabrication of orthopedic braces) and Prosthetic Technology (fabrication of artificial limbs). Students will learn to interpret orthometry forms, apply biomechanical principles, and fabricate orthotic/prosthetic devices. Upon completion of the program students are eligible to sit for the national exams to become a Certified Technician Orthotics (CTO), Certified Technician Prosthetics (CTP), or Certified Technician Prosthetics/Orthotics (CTPO).

Program Status: Limited Enrollment

Accreditation

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the National Commission of Orthotics and Prosthetics Education (NCOPE), 330 John Carlyle Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone: (703) 836-7114, fax: (703) 836-0838, Web address: http://www.ncope.org, e-mail: info@ncope.org. Accreditation will give graduates eligibility to take the national certification examinations for technicians offered by the American Board for Certification.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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