To become an actual prosthetist, one needs to complete a master's degree and a 1-year internship. However, there are also programs for those who wish to become technicians, and these are generally 2-year degrees offered by community colleges and technical/vocational institutes.
Schools with Prosthetic Technician Programs
These schools offer programs for students who want to become prosthetic technicians:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology||Okmulgee, OK||2-year, Public||Associate||$4,860 in-state, $10,470 out-of-state|
|St. Petersburg College||Clearwater, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate||$3,352 in-state, $11,607 out-of-state|
|Century College||White Bear Lake, MN||2-year, Public||Associate, Diploma||$5,391|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Here are some considerations for students who are choosing between schools:
- Some programs offer specialty in prosthetics, although most programs combine study in both prosthetics and orthotics. Students may choose between them based on their educational interests.
- Students may want to find out if credits are transferable to bachelor's degree programs.
- Students may want to find out if the school offers, access to up-to-date clinical facilities, which will allow students to gain practical experience with prostheses and fitting techniques.
- Accreditation and certification of the programs by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) will allow students to gain certification with the ABC after program completion and two years of experience.
Associate Degree in Prosthetic Technology
Associate degree programs can be completed in two years and typically include studies in both orthotics and prosthetics. An internship, alongside additional clinical experiences, is commonly required. Students also take general education courses in subjects such as math, biology and history.
For students who want to become prosthetic technicians, an NCOPE-accredited associate's degree program can provide the necessary hands-on training for an entry level job and certification.