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Overview

Note: This program runs every two years. The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for the September 2018 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2017.

BCIT’s Prosthetics and Orthotics Diploma is one of two programs of its kind offered in Canada. Innovative, analytical, and patient-centered, this field is a unique blend of science, technology, and clinical care.

Prosthetists and orthotists transform physical disabilities into new mobility opportunities for their patients. Using specialized medical assessment techniques and leading edge technology, prosthetists and orthotists create treatment plans for the unique needs of each patient. Our program gives students the skills to help patients gain and regain mobility and quality of life.

About the program

  • Two-year, full-time post-graduate diploma program followed by a paid, two-year clinical residency program
  • Lectures and labs at BCIT's prosthetics and orthotics clinic
  • Small, 12-student classes provides individual support and fosters engagement
  • Two clinical practicum experiences, which you can do internationally or in your community

Our program offers the hands-on learning for which BCIT is renown. Visit Program Details to learn more about our Prosthetics and Orthotics program.

Who it's for

This program is for post-undergraduate degree students who:

  • Have completed a four-year undergraduate degree
  • Have strong hand skills and dexterity
  • Enjoy building trusting relationships with patients and healthcare colleagues
  • Are residents of Western Canada

Our comprehensive selection process ensures this program is a good fit for you. See Program Entry to find out more.

What grads can do

Our grads can work anywhere in the world. See Graduating and Jobs to learn more about career options.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications accepted November 1st* to March 1st*

*or next business day

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Three-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Requirements completed within the last five years

  • Related experience*

  • The following post-secondary academic level courses*:
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology – 6 credits

    • Chemistry – Grade 12 level chemistry or most half-course equivalent post-secondary chemistry courses

    • Physics – 3 credits (lab component not required).
      Biomechanics is NOT accepted

    • Statistics – 3 credits. Content should include statistical methods, probability theory, discrete and continuous random variables, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression, analysis of variance, goodness of fit, confidence intervals, elementary non-parametric methods, exploratory data analysis and hypothesis testing, simple linear regression and contingency tables variances

    • Psychology – 3 credits of any post-secondary psychology

  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

The curriculum of study for the post-graduate Prosthetics and Orthotics program is based upon a strong undergraduate education that provides a solid foundation of knowledge, methods and attitudes. Admission is offered on a competitive basis, as the annual enrolment and class size is limited to 14 seats from the four Western Canadian Provinces.

Applicant Residency: this program is currently restricted to residents of Western Canada; including the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Residents of other areas of Canada and international students are not being considered at this time.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Completion of a recognized baccalaureate degree in any field (120 credits)

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Applicants currently enrolled in the last term of their degree/diploma must be on track to complete by May. To apply submit both of the following documents from your post-secondary institution:

  • Transcript of completed courses
  • Confirmation of enrolment letter verifying your current course enrolment and registration in the final term of your degree/diploma

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

If you are not certain whether the prerequisite course you have taken will meet our requirements please email a detailed course outline (more detailed than a course description) to jason_goodnough@bcit.ca

Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants

  • Aptitude evaluation
  • Multiple Mini Interview Process (MMI)

The purpose of the testing and interview is to ascertain the applicant's verbal communication skills, maturity level and personal suitability to the program and profession. Annually approximately 80 people apply to enter the P&O program and approximately half will be offered an opportunity to interview.

Step 3: Conditionally selected applicants

If you have been conditionally accepted to BCIT you will be notified and the following information will be required in order to be accepted into the program:

Once these and any other outstanding conditions have been met, you will receive notification of your full acceptance.

Apply to program

Note: This program runs every two years. The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for the September 2018 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2017.

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September of even numbered years

The next intake of this program will be September 2016.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1 & 2: $1,750; Level 3: $265; Level 4: $190
(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Expenses
Students are responsible for costs of travel to and from agencies where practicum or clinical seminars are held, and should be prepared to purchase certain clinical and technical instruments.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 1120 Applied Anatomy and Physiology 1 6.0
  CENV 1284 Materials Science 3.0
  NURS 1183 Patient Care (PROR) 2.0
  PROR 1100 Prosthetics and Orthotics 1 18.0
  PROR 1120 Biomechanics 1 4.0
 
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 1242 Applied Social Sciences (PROR) 3.5
  BHSC 2220 Applied Anatomy and Physiology 2 3.5
  PROR 2200 Prosthetics and Orthotics 2 18.0
  PROR 2220 Biomechanics 2 3.5
  PROR 2230 Practicum 5.5
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 3310 Applied Pathophysiology 1 3.0
  BMET 1482 Applied Electrical Fundamentals 2.0
  COMM 1184 Workplace Communications 3.0
  MATH 3842 Statistics and Research Methodology for Prosthetics and Orthotics 4.0
  PROR 3300 Prosthetics and Orthotics 3 20.0
  PROR 3320 Biomechanics 2 2.0
 
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 4410 Applied Pathophysiology 2 2.0
  COMM 2284 Scientific Writing for Prosthetics and Orthotics 3.0
  PROR 1402 Professional Ethics 1.0
  PROR 4330 Practicum 5.5
  PROR 4400 Prosthetics and Orthotics 4 12.0
  PROR 4430 Case Studies and Treatment Planning 6.0
  PROR 4500 Capstone Research Project 4.5
 
Total Credits: 135.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The Program

The two-year course of studies combines lectures, labs and practical experience in an onsite clinical facility and at local health agencies. The curriculum equips graduates to recognize patient problems, assess individual needs, design treatment plans, construct prostheses and orthoses, select appropriate materials and deal with the emotional difficulties of patients.

Four Western Canadian provinces BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba jointly fund the Prosthetics and Orthotics program. BCIT accepts applications every second year on a pro-rated basis from each of the four provinces.

During their time at BCIT students participate in many exciting clinical settings, such as:

3D motion analysis gait lab rounds at BC Shriners Hospital
Prosthetic rehabilitation rotations at GF Strong and Holy Family Rehabilitation Hospitals
Scoliosis Clinical Rotations at BC Childrens Hospital
Access to several local prosthetic and orthotic clinics
Access to nationwide and international clinical practicum sites.

Program length

Two years, full-time, with intake in September of even numbered years.

Graduating & Jobs

Our graduates are ready

Our grads get work, and most are offered positions before they even finish the program. After a two-year paid residency, students are ready to write the national certification exam and start working immediately.

Career opportunities

Our grads join a closely knit community of health professionals dedicated to maximizing the potential of their patients. Certified prosthetic or orthotic clinicians’ salaries start at approximately $52,000 per year. Careers offer flexibility and options to work in one of many paths, including:

  • Working with a team in a hospital or private clinic
  • Running your own private practice
  • Specializing in specific areas of physical rehabilitation
  • Innovating technology and products through research and development

Learn more about the work we do. Visit our Lib Guides site for the latest in field research.

Keep learning

Complete a master's degree. We've partnered with McMaster University to offer Master of Science in Rehabilitation Medicine. Qualified students can take our diploma program while concurrently completing online MSc courses through McMaster.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Professional associations

After 3450 hours of work experience under the guidance of a certified orthotist or prosthetist, graduates may write the National Certification examination of the Canadian Board of Certification for Prosthetists and Orthotists.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Jason Goodnough, CPO(c), M.Sc. (orthopedics)
Program Head
Tel: 604-432-8981
Email: Jason_goodnough@bcit.ca

Desmond Cook, RTPO(C)
Lab Manager
Tel: 604-456-8161
Email: desmond_cook@bcit.ca

Instructors:

Yvonne Jeffreys, CO(c), B.Sc. (engineering)
Orthotics Instructor
Tel: 604-456-8165

James Tarrant, CO(c)
Orthotics Instructor

David Gans, CO(c)
Orthotics Instructor

James Little, CP(c), B.Sc.
Prosthetics Instructor

David Moe, CP(c)
Prosthetics Instructor

Lorne Winder, CP(c), B.Sc.
Prosthetics Instructor

Advisory committee

  • Jason Adams, Össur Canada
  • Dr. Richard Beauchamp, C&W Health Centre, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Dan Blocka, George Brown College - OCHS
  • Allan Blyt, Hager Orthopaedic Clinics Ltd.
  • Dave Broman, Hager Prosthetics & Orthotics Services Ltd.
  • Curtis Issel, Wascana Rehabilitation
  • Dale Jackaman, Constultant
  • Bram Kok, Winnipeg Prosthetic & Orthotic Specialty Co. Ltd.
  • Duane Nelson, Saskatoon Abilities Council
  • Jim Toller, Orthotic Solutions
  • Lisa Yates, Northern Alberta Prostheti and Orthotic Services

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