Orthotists design, make, and fit adaptive orthopedic braces, which are used to support weakened or defective body parts, such as the next, back and the leg. Prothetists design, make and prostheses, which are artificial limbs or facial parts. These are used to replace body parts lost by injury or missing from birth. Combined, the professional with this expertise, is able to stand true to the vision of Loma Linda University “to Lead, to Heal, and to Serve”. Within this spirit of service, the student can be engaged in many aspects of national and international service.
Conceived within the Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP), this program requires 96 quarter hours of prerequisite course work followed by 10 quarters if Master of Science courses. Upon completion, the graduate will be eligible to apply for a National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) accredited residency. Upon completion of the residency, the student will be eligible to sit for the American Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) exams.
Jobs in the field of orthotics and prosthetics are expected to grow 12% through the year 2020. Opportunities may be found in medical equipment and supplies manufacturing, health and personal care stores, and other venues. For further information, please visit the websites listed below.
The national average is $69,960 and the average in California is $73,100.
Career information adapted from:
- U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh
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