Orthopedic Technology Degree Programs

Find out what an orthopedic technologist does and get the facts about degree programs available in this field, along with certifications and the classes commonly required to earn a degree. Schools offering Medical Assisting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Orthopedic Technology Degree Programs?

An Associate of Science degree program in orthopedic technology may teach you how to assist orthopedic surgeons in healing patients with conditions such as broken bones and other orthopedic injuries. In your degree program, you may learn how the development of the skeletal and nervous systems relates to orthopedic procedures. The program may also teach you the types of casting techniques used for different part of the body and skeletal system.

Degree programs in the field will likely require a number of clinical hours, where you will work with orthopedic surgeons and technologists to apply the practical skills you learned in your didactic courses. General medical clerical training may cover appointment setting, medical billing and insurance.

Program TopicsAppointment setting, nervous system, casting, clinical training
Common CoursesAnatomy and physiology, biology, orthopedic surgical technologies and techniques, medical billing
CertificationExam given through the National Association for Orthopedic Technologists
Median Salary (2018) $69,120 (for all orthotists and prosthetists)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 22% growth (for all orthotists and prosthetists)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will My Class Schedule Include?

If you attend a full-time program, you may be able to graduate in two years with your associate's degree. At this time, orthopedic technology degree programs are only offered in the traditional, on-campus format. While enrolled in the degree program, you will likely also encounter core classes, such as algebra, English and social sciences. You may be required to take the following classes:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical billing
  • Biology
  • Orthopedic surgical technologies and techniques

Could I Qualify for a Certification?

According to the National Association for Orthopedic Technologists (NAOT), you may qualify to sit for a certification examination under one of three categories. One way you can qualify is to sit for an associate's degree program in orthopedic technology. You may also meet eligibility requirements if you have at least two years of experience working in orthopedics or working full-time as an athletic trainer.

On the exam, you will find 150 multiple-choice questions that test your knowledge of surgical methods, setting techniques and traction. The majority of the questions will come from the operative management section. You may also encounter questions about appointment scheduling and other clerical procedure.

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