Prosthetics and Orthotics - Healthcare’s best kept secret!
The prosthetics and orthotics program in BCIT’s school of health sciences prepares students for a rewarding and inspiring career.
Are you someone that has a genuine interest in using your knowledge of the human body to help people lead more active, fulfilling lives? Do you enjoy problem solving and formulating solutions? Would you like to be a vital member of a health care team that is determined to maximize each patient’s potential? Then a career in Orthotics and Prosthetics sounds like a good choice for you.
Medical advancements, revolutionary technologies and improved materials science are enabling many individuals with disabilities to return to activities they previously enjoyed. Prosthetists and Orthotists utitilize these innovations to achieve lighter, stronger and more dynamic treatment options than ever before. Technological breakthroughs such as Myo-Orthotics ™ and microprocessor knees, ankles and hands are changing the way orthoses and prostheses get people active and productive again. Computers and computer imaging are playing more and more of a role in the field in areas of production, research and education.
The range of options available today require the prosthetist/orthotist to be well trained and educated to analyze the individual needs of each patient and to develop appropriate evidence based treatment plans. The P&O program at BCIT will help you develop these skills and ensure you are well prepared to make a difference to peoples' lives.
It’s a great program with experienced faculty and excellent results. 100% of graduates over the past six years have found careers in prosthetics and orthotics, and have made significant contributions in the areas of research and development while at BCIT. The mix of theory and hands-on learning with patients at local healthcare centres and in the clinic at BCIT gives students not only the knowledge they need but also the practical experience to help them stand out as professionals.
To be a successful candidate for entry into this program you should ideally hold a kinesiology or science-based undergraduate degree; this program is designed to teach future clinicians the science of Prosthetics and Orthotics at a level that produces practice ready graduates. Post graduation, students enter a two-year paid residency and sit for the national certification exam, after which they are able to independently practice anywhere in Canada, and internationally.
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.
Prosthetists and orthotists work in rehabilitation hospitals, private practice and research and development.
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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