Certified orthotists (COs) and certified prosthetists (CPs) fabricate and fit upper and lower limb devices designed to replace or repair those lost or disabled through injury or disease. Orthotists fabricate and fit orthopedic braces; prosthetists fabricate and fit artificial limbs. Some people may be qualified to work in both areas. They examine and measure patients and custom fabricate prosthetic or orthotic devices to individual specifications. These professionals must be familiar with different materials and designs, accurately measure the static and dynamic proportions of the affected limb, and work closely with their patients to choose the ideal combination of products to best suit the patients needs and desires.
Where to Get Education
Bachelor's degree and one year of supervised experience in the field required for national certification