• Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Health Science
  • Orthotists and prosthetists design and make medical supportive devices like artificial limbs (arms, hands, legs, and feet), braces, and other medical or surgical devices. They measure and fit patients for these devices and typically do the following:

What do they typically do

  • Evaluate and interview patients to determine their needs
  • Measure patients in order to design and fit medical devices
  • Design orthopedic and prosthetic devices based on physicians' prescriptions
  • Take a mold of the part of a patient's body that will be fitted with a brace or artificial limb
  • Select materials to be used for the orthotic or prosthetic device
  • Fit, test, and adjust devices on patients
  • Instruct patients in how to use and care for their devices
  • Repair or update prosthetic and orthotic devices

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    Most require a graduate degree like a master's, Ph.D., M.D., or law degree.
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