As the pre-eminent professional organization in orthotics and prosthetics, the mission of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
is to promote high standards of patient care through advocacy,
education, and literature & research. In keeping with this mission
the Academy is the professional organization representing practitioners
credentialed by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and
The American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics
(ABC) is the national certifying and accrediting body for the orthotic
and prosthetic professions. The public requires and deserves assurance
that the persons providing orthotic and prosthetic services and care are
qualified to provide the appropriate services, and it was on this basis
that the ABC was established as a credentialing organization.
The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association
(AOPA) is a national trade association committed to providing high
quality, unprecedented business services and products to O&P
The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics
(ISPO), is a multi-disciplinary organization comprised of persons who
have a professional interest in the clinical, educational and research
aspects of prosthetics, orthotics, rehabilitation engineering and
The Amputee Coalition of America
(ACA) is a national, non-profit amputee consumer educational
organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are
born with limb differences. The ACA includes individual amputees,
amputee education and support groups for amputees, professionals, family
members and friends of amputees, amputation or limb loss related
agencies, and organizations.
The Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund
(OPAF) is a nonprofit organization, a 501(c)(3) public charity,
established and incorporated by the Orthotics and Prosthetics National
Office. Dedicated initially to providing financial and in-kind support
to the 1996 Paralympics, the Fund now generates its own initiatives
through partnerships with individuals, organizations, and institutions
engaged in raising public awareness of physical disability; and
improving the quality of rehabilitation medicine, science, and
is an Internet portal dedicated to providing comprehensive information
and services to the orthotics and prosthetics profession. The vision of
oandp.com is to make as much information as possible freely available to
both professionals and consumers, toward the goal of improving the
quality of care provided by O&P professionals and the quality of
life of their patients.
SPC, a national leader in orthotics and prosthetic training, offers a two-year Associate in Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology, the first and only associate degree for orthotic and prosthetic technicians in Florida.
You'll take classes at our $11 million J.E. Hanger College of Orthotics and Prosthetics, where we combine lectures and extensive hands on labs to prepare you to fabricate artificial limbs and orthopedic braces. The program meets the standards of the profession and prepares you to take the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics Technician Certification Exams.
The A.S. degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).
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The Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology A.S. degree prepares you to become a certified orthotic and/or prosthetic technician. Certified orthotic and prosthetic technicians fabricate, repair and maintain quality orthoses and/or prostheses under the direction of a certified orthotists and prosthetists. Technicians meet a growing patient need and are proficient in current fabricating techniques, familiar with material properties and skilled in the use of appropriate equipment.
The Orthotics and Prosthetics field is growing at a much faster rate than other
occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. With the geriatric and diabetic patient populations increasing, so is the need for orthotic and prosthetic
professionals. Graduates of our program can find work in orthotic and prosthetic practices, hospitals, central fabrication facilities and orthotic and prosthetic manufacturing companies.
Demand for O&P professionals continues to grow, as do the
educational requirements. Careers in orthotics and prosthetics include
practitioners (certified orthotists and certified prosthetists),
pedorthists, assistants, fitters and technicians. The practitioner level
provides comprehensive care, including assessment, treatment plans and
practice management, and requires a master's degree. Those who assist
practitioners at various levels need post-secondary training and
Changing demographics and health factors will significantly raise the demand for trained O&P professionals. In fact, a recent study by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education estimates that without an increase in O&P graduates, the number of practicing orthotists can serve just 61% of patients who need them. The study also projects the number of people using prostheses to increase by 50%. Some reasons for the expected rise in need in the United States include:
Extensive laboratory experiences are necessary in O&P education to master planning processes and materials fabrication skills. The O&P building has 5,151 square feet of actual lab space and another 3,443 of lab support space (CAD, machining, lamination, plaster room, thermal forming, mill/lathe, material testing, etc.).
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