Educational requirements vary. Most often, students must complete a 2-year diploma program followed by a 2-year residency. They must then pass a certification exam.
The following institutions offer clinical prosthetic and orthotic programs in English. The programs are accredited by Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC).
The George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology (GBC) in Toronto and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby offer a 2-year Clinical Methods in Orthotics and Prosthetics diploma program. Entrance requirements include a related bachelor’s degree, an admissions test, an application portfolio, and an interview.
BCIT also offers a 2-year post-graduate diploma program in Prosthetics and Orthotics.
BCIT and GBC students who have completed a bachelor’s degree may apply to McMaster University to pursue a master of science (M.Sc.) degree in rehabilitation science. Students complete this graduate program concurrently with the Prosthetics and Orthotics program. For more information, see the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University website.
Prosthetists and orthotists who own their own businesses may find value in having some business education to enhance their clinics.
Prosthetists and orthotists should stay on top of current practices and technologies to ensure the most up-to-date client prescriptions.
The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.
British Columbia Institute of Technology
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