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Health Science Department

Associate in Science

Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology

ORTHO-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2016 (520)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2016 (520), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Tim Fair, Academic Chair, 727-302-6611
Richard Flora, Dean, 727-302-6721

Program Summary

PROGRAM BEGINS EVERY AUGUST
SPC's Associate in Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology is the first and only associate's degree program for orthotic and prosthetic technicians in the State of Florida. This program combines lecture and extensive hands on labs to prepare students to fabricate artificial limbs and orthopedic braces. The program meets the standards of the profession. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics Technician Certification Exams.

All Orthotic and Prosthetic (O&P) courses are taught only at the Health Education Center at 7200 66th St. N., Pinellas Park.

Due to the time-intensive nature of the O&P program courses, it is recommended that students complete the general education and support courses prior to entry into the program.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.


Florida CIP Code

1351230702: Heath Science

Federal CIP Code

51.9082: Medical Appliance Technicians

Job Related Opportunities

  • Careers:
  • This program is for those wishing to become a Certified Orthotic and/or Prosthetic Technician.
  • Career Outlook:
  • According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the Orthotics and Prosthetics field is growing at a much faster rate than other occupations. With the geriatric and diabetic patient populations increasing, so is the need for orthotic and prosthetic professionals. Certified Orthotic and Prosthetic technicians support Certified Orthotists and Prosthetists by making quality devices per practitioner instructions to enable the growing patient need to be met.
  • Opportunities:
  • Graduates of our program may work in orthotic and prosthetic practices, hospitals, central fabrication facilities, and orthotic and prosthetic manufacturing companies.

Admission Rules

Please review the Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology A.S. Admission Guide.

The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology A.S. program as well as explain the timetable for evaluation and further admission correspondence. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application at the appropriate time. Only students who satisfy all the application requirements and submit a complete application in accordance with the information detailed in the Admission Guide will be considered for admission.


Before admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician AS program, students must complete all General Education requirements and BSC 1084C with a minimum grade of "C".

Graduation Rules

In order to graduate with the Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician AS degree, students must:

Earn a minimum grade of "C" in all required coursework
Complete the 60 credits required for the degree
Complete at least 15 credits required for the degree in residence (at SPC)
Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
Earn a GPA of at least 2.0 in courses completed at SPC

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Humanities and Fine Arts

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Mathematics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Ethics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
Anatomy & Physiology (Complete 4 credits)

Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology 1
4

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 38 Credits

Introduction to Orthotics & Prosthetics
2
Introduction to Basic Fabrication Hand Skills
2
Material Science
3
Ankle Foot Orthoses Fabrication
2
Upper Limb Orthosis Fabrication
2
Leather Work for the Lower Limb Orthosis
2
Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses
2
Spinal Orthosis Fabrication
2
Transtibial Socket Inserts, Alignment and Duplication
2
Transfemoral Socket Fabrication
2
Transradial Prosthesis Fabrication
2
Thermoplastic Orthosis Fabrication
2
Advanced Procedures
2
Board Exam Review
2
Transhumeral Prosthesis Fabrication
2
Prosthetic Finishing Procedures
1-2
Technician Practicum 2
2
Technician Practicum 3
2
Technician Practicum 4
2

1 BSC 2085/L and BSC 2086/L may be substituted for BSC 1084C.
2 Topic: Lab Basics
3 Topic: O&P Design Plans
4 Topic: O&P Fabrication

60
Total Credits