If you have a desire to help individuals and are looking for a unique and rewarding career, a career as a Prosthetist or a Prosthetist Technician might be for you.
An ABC Certified Orthotist and/or Prosthetist is an allied health professional specifically educated and trained to make and fit orthoses and prostheses and manage comprehensive orthotic and/or prosthetic patient care. As ABC practitioners, these individuals are certified to independently provide or supervise the provision of patient care. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of a treatment plan, follow-up and practice management. A Prosthetist works closely with amputees and their families, along with their physicians and physical therapists, to provide the amputee a comprehensive rehabilitation service. Click here to learn more about eligibility, application, exams, etc.
The following describes the educational requirements:
- Obtain a four year bachelors degree in any field, taking the required master’s prerequisite courses (AT LEAST 1 physics, 1 calculus, 1 psychology, 2 anatomy and physiology, 1 biology and 1 chemistry class).
- Complete an accredited masters program along with two years residency in the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education [NCOPE] program.
- Sit for the prosthetic board exams
An ABC Certified Prothetist Technician is an individual trained and qualified to assist an ABC credentialed individual by providing technical support. The certified technician fabricates, repairs and maintains orthoses and/or prostheses; and is also proficient in current fabricating techniques, familiar with material properties and skilled in the use of appropriate equipment. Click here to learn more about eligibility, application, exams, etc.
- Pathway 1 (Education Only)
Successfully complete a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)/National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) approved technician education program.
- Pathway 2 (Education and Experience)
Education: Possess a high school diploma, GED or a college degree.
Experience: You must complete two years of technical experience in the discipline(s) of application under the supervision of an ABC Certified Practitioner or an ABC Certified Technician in that discipline(s).
A career in this profession is unique in that it combines science, art, and an unyielding desire to improve the quality of life for amputees. Fourroux Prosthetics welcomes prospective employee candidates and provides Internship opportunities for those students as well.