Schools for Aspiring Orthopedic Cast Technicians

Dec 08, 2019

In an orthopedic technology program, orthopedic cast technicians learn to assist orthopedic surgeons in many aspects of work, including brace, splint and cast fitting. Those seeking to enter this field could benefit from choosing a certificate or associate degree program that's approved by the National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists (NAOT).

Aspiring orthopedic cast technicians can find relevant training programs at community colleges, technical schools and 4-year colleges and universities.

Schools with Orthopedic Technology Programs

These institutions offer training for aspiring orthopedic cast technicians:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Tuition (2018-2019)**
Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA 2-year, Public Associate $2,842 in-state, $4,982 out-of-state
Ohio Business College Sandusky, OH 2-year, Private-for-profit Certificate $9,360
Coordinated Health-Medical Careers Institute Philadelphia, PA 2-year, Private-for-profit Diploma no data found
Grossmont College El Cajon, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $1,386 in-state, $7,196 out-of-state
NHTI-Concord's Community College Concord, NH 2-year, Public Associate $7,680 in-state, $16,480 out-of-state
Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA 2-year, Public Associate $2,778 in-state, $4,914 out-of-state
Atlantic Technical College Coconut Creek, FL 2-year, Public Certificate $4,590
U.S. Navy Variable Less-than-2-year, Public Certificate $0*

Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

When reviewing orthopedic cast technician programs, consider the following:

  • Look for schools that are recognized by NAOT, but note that there are a limited number of NAOT-recognized programs. Students who choose a program not approved by the NAOT must complete two years of work experience to be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists (NBCOT) exam.
  • Choose a program that is consistent with the time you are willing to dedicate to educational preparation. While certificate programs offer the quickest option for entering the workforce, higher-level degrees can further your education in a related field.
  • Choose a program with coursework specific to your career goals.
  • Explore the job placement and internship opportunities offered through the program. programs that offer job-placement opportunities or internships.

Certificate for Orthopedic Cast Technicians

A certificate in orthopedic technology is typically designed to be completed in one year. Clinical experiences, supervised by a faculty member or orthopedic surgeon, are typically required.

Associate Degree for Orthopedic Cast Technicians

Associate degree programs in orthopedic technology differ from certificate programs in that they typically require the completion of general education requirements, though the number of requirements differs by school. Clinical practicums are typically required and students learn to apply, fit and maintain braces, splints and casts.

Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training

A bachelor's degree in athletic training can be completed in four years. As in orthopedic technology programs, students must fulfill clinical experience requirements. They take basic science courses in anatomy and physiology as well as career-focused training courses in orthopedic diagnosis and treatment.

There are several undergraduate-level training options for aspiring orthopedic cast technicians. Students can prepare for their careers by choosing an accredited program that includes practical training and coursework in their areas of interest.

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