How do I get an Orthapedic Technologist Certification (OTC)?


How do I get an Orthapedic Technologist Certification (OTC)?

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There are a few eligibility routes available to you when trying to get your OTC, and according to, you only need to meet 1 of them. The routes are listed as follows:

  • Route A: The Certification exam is based on an individual with two years' experience
  • Route B: This route is set up for those candidates that have completed a structured Orthopaedic Technologist program.
  • Route C: The National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists has recognized that Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainers have met many of the requirements and guidelines that coincide with the Orthopaedic Technologists Certified. Therefore, a special eligibility route has been created.

Depending on which route you take will change how you fill out your application.

The exam itself is broken down into 4 parts: Assesment, Casting, Traction, and Surgery. During these steps, they will go over interviewing patients and family, conducting physicals on patients, applying casts and splints, applying traction apparatus and drape, scrub, and assist in therapy, and assisting a surgeon. After the exam you will be scored by a panel of OTCs from a 100-1000 range. To pass you must get at least 700 points.

To apply for the exam you will need to go to and download the appropriate routes application .pdf

For more information about Orthopedic Technician Courses, check out this article: Orthopedic Technician Courses and Classes Overview

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