Schools with Orthotic Fitter Programs and Courses

An orthotic fitter is an individual who has been certified by the American Board of Certification (ABC) in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics to fit orthopedic supports and braces to correct or assist a part of the human body. Orthotic fitters don't technically need a post-secondary degree, but they must complete at least one National Commission on Orthopedic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)-approved course and 1,000 hours of clinical experience in order to take the ABC exam.

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Programs for orthotics fitters are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels at schools throughout the country. Students interested in having a broad range of career options may want to consider a program that also offers coursework in subjects related to orthotics, such as prosthetics or pedorthics.

Schools with Orthotic Fitter Programs

Aspiring orthotic fitters can get relevant training at these schools:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Stillwater, OK 2-year, Public Associate $7,778 in-state, $20,978 out-of-state
St. Petersburg College Clearwater, FL 4-year, Public Associate $3,352 in-state, $11,607 out-of-state
Baker College of Flint Flint, MI 2-year, Private Associate $8,640
Century College White Bear Lake, MN 2-year, Private Associate, Diploma $5,391
Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL 2-year, Public Associate $3,450 in-district, $10,508 in-state, $11,187 out-of-state
Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA 2-year, Public Associate, Certificate $3,388 in-state, $8,726 out-of-state
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, TX 2-year, Public Master's $5,232 in-state, $15,256 out-of-state
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 2-year, Public Master's $21,260 in-state, $34,944 out-of-state
Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center for Education and Research Evanston, IL 2-year, Private Master's $48,624

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking into and choosing an orthotic fitter school:

  • Check whether the program is an NCOPE-approved program to ensure that you will be able to complete the mandatory NCOPE approved course for ABC certification.
  • Keep in mind that 2-year programs offer the basics to meet NCOPE requirements, while bachelor's degree programs provide more comprehensive education.
  • Look into the clinical experience opportunities provided through the program.

Associate Degrees

An associate degree in orthotic fitting generally takes two years to earn and requires students to complete general education requirements alongside orthotic studies. Courses in both plastic and metal orthotics for upper and lower extremities are typically included in the curriculum. Students may have the option to study specific aspects of the field, like diabetic orthotics. Most programs require students to complete an internship prior to graduation.

Bachelor's Degrees

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in orthotic fitting typically include coursework in prosthetics as well. Students often need to complete prerequisite classes in subjects like anatomy, physiology, biology and mathematics before taking their major coursework. Courses in orthotics often focus extensively on the lower limbs, upper limbs and spine. Clinical experience in the form of internships, externships and clinical practicum rotations is typically mandatory.

Students interested in a career in orthotic fitting should look for a program approved by NCOPE, meaning it meets the coursework and clinical experience standards required for certification.

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