If you have a desire to help individuals and are looking for a unique and rewarding career, a career as a Prosthetist might be for you. A Prosthetist works closely with amputees and their families, along with their physicians and physical therapists, to provide the amputee a comprehensive rehabilitation service.
A Prosthetist profession is unique in that it combines science, art, and an unyielding desire to improve the quality of life for amputees. Prosthetists are trained medical professionals, completing courses in biology, physics, math and applied prosthetics.
There are currently two academic paths that an individual can take to obtain the required education to enter the prosthetic profession as a prosthetist.
The following describes the two educational options available:
- Educational Route Option 1 - Obtain a bachelors degree from an accredited school in prosthetics/orthotics, along with two years residency in the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education [NCOPE] program. With this option a master’s degree is not required, and upon completion of this educational option, the student can sit for the prosthetic board exams.
- Educational Route Option 2 - Obtain a four year bachelors degree in any field, taking the required master’s prerequisite courses (AT LEAST 1 physics, 1 calculus, 1 psychology, 2 anatomy and physiology, 1 biology and 1 chemistry class). THEN, enter an accredited masters program for two years along with two years residency in the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education [NCOPE] program. Upon completion of this educational option, the student can sit for the prosthetic board exams.
An Individual may sit for prosthetic board exams ONLY after you have successfully completed one of these educational options.
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