BECOMING A PROSTHETIST/ORTHOTIST
In 2012, standards for entry into the prosthetic and orthotic profession changed to require a graduate degree and associated residencies. This change is indicative of the high degree of expertise and professionalism required to not only successfully care for and treat those in need of prosthetic and orthotic care but to work with other health care professionals to maximize patient outcome.
In the prosthetic/orthotic and post-mastectomy fitter profession, there are a wide variety of career opportunities. In addition to the prosthetist and orthotist, there are many opportunities to work in this field. They include technicians, prosthetic/orthotic assistants, and administrative assistants who specialize in coding and billing.
CAREER FIELDS AND REQUIREMENTS
Requires a master’s degree in one or both specialties that includes a residency. Alabama is also a licensure state. A state issued license is required to practice prosthetics and or orthotics.
Requires the caregiver to be licensed and meet a minimum educational standard to assist a licensed prosthetist/orthotist in patient care.
Requires licensure in the State of Alabama along with required certifications.
Serve an important role in a P&O practice and in today’s healthcare system. There is training that is specific to P&O billing that is identified by each practices needs.
A position in a P&O practice that offers onsite fabrication. Can also be responsible for ordering and inventory and assembly and preparation of devices and systems used by practitioners. Requires a high school diploma. Individual facilities will have unique needs and duties that will dictate the prerequisites for these positions.