Orthotist/Prosthetist programs prepare individuals, in consultation with physicians and other therapists, to design and fit orthoses for patients with disabling conditions of the limbs and/or spine, and prostheses for patients who have partial or total absence of a limb or significant superficial deformity. Includes instruction in biomechanics, gait analysis, pathomechanics, kinesiology, pathology, neuroanatomy, materials science, diagnostic imaging, patient analysis and measurement, impression taking, model rectification, assistive/restorative technology and engineering applications, product finishing, diagnostic and definitive fitting and alignment, power devices, postoperative management, and patient counseling and follow-up.
Of the 214 Orthotist/Prosthetist degrees granted each year at the Masters degree level, men make up 43% percent and women make up 57% percent of the area of study. Did you know that Illinois has more students graduating with a degree in Orthotist/Prosthetist than any other state? In fact, Illinois granted 48 degrees last year! The average starting salary for an undergraduate degree in Orthotist/Prosthetist is $38,300.
Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Loma Linda University are three schools well-known for Orthotist/Prosthetist programs. In fact, around 22 Baylor College of Medicine students are pursuing a Masters degree in Orthotist/Prosthetist. Take a look at the college options in the table below.
The highest paying careers for Orthotist/Prosthetist majors include Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary, Orthotists and Prosthetists . However, another thing to consider is how much demand there is for specific jobs. Careers that are in high need that a degree in Orthotist/Prosthetist can prepare you for are Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary, Orthotists and Prosthetists .