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George Brown College Diploma in Orthotic / Prosthetic Technician
George Brown College

Diploma in Orthotic / Prosthetic Technician

Toronto, Canada

2 Years


Full time

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Sep 2024

CAD 20,127 / per year *


* for international students I domestic tuition: $6,742


Leadership Claims

Supplied technical personnel for the prosthetic and orthotic profession for over 20 years.

This program is the only full-time technical training program in Canada.

The practice-oriented and hands-on Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician program teaches students to be competent with many hand tools and specialized machines used in the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices. This program is unique in Canada.

The practice-orientated, hands-on Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician (S102) two-year diploma program prepares individuals in the technical aspects of orthotic and prosthetic management. Students will learn to be competent in the use of many hand tools and specialized machines for the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices.

This is a full-time program open only to 30 domestic students per intake, with classes starting every September. International, winter, and summer start options are not available. It is taught at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre by faculty currently working in the field.

To be considered, applications must be submitted to by February 1 of each year.

The program has many unique activities that have become fixtures in the operation of the program. Since the inception of the program, it has been mandatory for all second-year technical students to present a related topic in a formal setting. These "Grand Rounds" sessions occur once a month in the presence of faculty, students, and professionals from the field.

The program has a formalized Curriculum Committee, which meets regularly and includes practicing technicians and clinicians. The Curriculum Committee must ensure that the Orthotic-Prosthetic Technical program is responsive to and reflective of the most up-to-date technical theories in the profession.

Over the course of two years, students will learn how to make the following devices to help rehabilitate individuals with disabilities:

Orthoses (braces and splints)

Prostheses (artificial limbs)

New techniques, including additive design and manufacture (3D printing), support the demand for technically competent people in this field.

The orthotic/prosthetic technician makes prostheses and orthoses from technical specifications, measurements, and positive plaster casts using a variety of materials, such as:

  • Thermosetting resins
  • Thermoforming plastics
  • Metal
  • Fabrics
  • Leather

Consider applying to this program if you have:

  • Good hand skills
  • A strong background in math and human sciences

Statistical Information

  • Student intake: 30
  • Average no. of applicants: 150
  • Classes running per year: 2
  • Attrition (past five years): 20 percent
  • Employment record over the past five years: approximately 85 percent

Your Field Education Options

Field education plays an integral role in this Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician program by providing both practical experience and additional learning opportunities outside of the program's curriculum.

Students will gain valuable hands-on experience by completing four weeks of placement (37.5 hours/week) under the supervision of either a certified prosthetic/orthotic clinician or a registered prosthetic/orthotic technician.

The field education experience provides the opportunity for students to start developing their own professional network and allows them to get a better understanding of a typical work environment and their role with other prosthetic/orthotic clinic members.


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