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.
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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.
Related experience can include working with any type of patients in a rehab setting, but should include at least some related experience to either people who use prosthetic or orthotic devices, or direct experience at a prosthetic or orthotic clinic.Top
Please list the province you will be living in for the 6 months prior to the application deadline.Top
Yes, if you would like to take courses to increase your GPA, we will consider the more recent course instead.Top
Unfortunately, we only accept applications from residents of BC, AB, SK, or MB. Proof of residency for 6 months prior to the application deadline may be requested.Top
Applications are considered as long as your undergraduate degree will be completed by April 30th. If selected, you would be offered conditional acceptance pending the completion and submission of your degree. If your undergraduate degree is not completed by April 30th, your application will not be considered.Top
Yes you can still apply. However, we prefer that the preferred course have been taken relatively recently to ensure success in our program.Top
Yes you can still apply. However, this will be factored this into candidate selection, as it is important that our students will be successful in our program.Top
As long as your degree is determined to be equivalent, then you will be eligible. To determine equivalency, you will need to speak to a BCIT advisor.Top
The majority of our applicants have an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology or Engineering. However, our applicants come from a variety of backgrounds and with many types of undergraduate degrees and are often just as successful as students and professionals. You are welcome to apply regardless of your undergraduate degree. However, to ensure your application is competitive, please ensure you have completed the preferred courses listed on the program page.Top
While we encourage all applicants to apply, preference is given to those who have completed most or all of the preferred courses.Top
Please contact the Program Head.
Approximately 80 people apply from all 4 provinces. Approximately 40 will be contacted to attend the Multiple Mini Interviews. From that, we select 12 students for our program.Top
As long as applications are send in prior to the deadline, all applicants will be considered equally.Top
We do not have a minimum cut-off for GPA, however most of our successful applicants have a 3.25 GPA (85%) or higher average. We look at both the last year of studies (or last 30 credits) as well as your marks in the preferred courses (Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Statistics, Psychology, Chemistry).Top
We look for applicants who are confident about wanting to enter the profession. This means that they have spent the time shadowing, volunteering or working at a prosthetics or orthotics clinic to learn about the role and the profession. This is important to ensuring it is a good fit for you as a candidate, and for us to know that you would be a good fit for our program. Other valuable skills and experience would be related to paid or volunteer positions previously held by the applicant, or could also be related to experience working with tools and working creatively with your hands.Top
Please contact the Program Head.Top
Please see Fees and Financial Aid.Top
To become a certified prosthetist or orthotist in Canada, you must complete the following steps in order:
*** Both the residency and certification exam are overseen by Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC). Please visit Orthotics Prosthetics Canada for more information on the residency or exams.Top
You can look up clinics near you by searching for “prosthetics clinic” or “orthotics clinic” online. You can also go the Orthotics Prosthetics Canada website and look under “Find a Professional”Top
Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC) is the national organization for prosthetics and orthotics. Their website contains a significant amount of information about the profession, the role of a prosthetist and orthotist and the pathway to become certified.Top
Salaries vary greatly between provinces and private vs public practices. In general, residents can earn $50,000 - $55,000 annually, while certified prosthetist and orthotists can earn $60,000 - $110,000 annually depending on location, years of experience and responsibilities. Many Prosthetists and orthotists will also become business owners, which can add to additional income.Top
After graduating from an accredited prosthetics and orthotics program, students must independently find a site to complete their residency. The residency program is overseen by Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC). Residents focus on one discipline for 2 years (3450 hours), and can choose to eventually complete a second residency in their second discipline if they choose to do so. Once finishing their hours, residents can write the OPC certification exam.
While all graduates find residency sites, students should be prepared to be flexible, as a position in the geographical location, in the discipline of choice and in the clinical environment they desire may not be available.
For more information about the residency program, please visit Orthotics Prosthetics Canada's Residence & Interns information page.Top
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