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.
Our program offers the hands-on learning for which BCIT is renown. Visit Program Details to learn more about our Prosthetics and Orthotics program.
This program is for post-undergraduate degree students who:
Our comprehensive selection process ensures this program is a good fit for you. See Program Entry to find out more.
Our grads can work anywhere in the world. See Graduating and Jobs to learn more about career options.
Watch the Canadian Prosthetics and Orthotics Awareness video.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Learn more about the work we do. Visit our Lib Guides site for the latest in field research.
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.
Jason Goodnough, CPO(c), M.Sc. (orthopedics)
Desmond Cook, RTPO(C)
Yvonne Jeffreys, CO(c), B.Sc. (engineering)
James Tarrant, CO(c)
David Gans, CO(c)
James Little, CP(c), B.Sc.
David Moe, CP(c)
Lorne Winder, CP(c), B.Sc.
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