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Orthopedic Technician Program

This program of study will provide students with in-depth knowledge and skills necessary to work as an orthopedic technician. Skills include immobilization, traction, casting, splitting, and assisting physicians with orthopedic care. The program of study requires all applicants to complete BIOL 125 with a grade of “C” or better, and passing of the reading and math assessment tests scoring above READ 043 and ENGL 035 prior to application. Following acceptance into the Orthopedic Technician program, the students will complete four core orthopedic courses. In total the program of study is 19 units. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a Certificate of Achievement and be eligible to take the national certification exam through the National Board of Certified Orthopedic Technicians (NBCOT).

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
BIOL 125 - Human AnatomyM4.0
BIOL 125 - Human Anatomy (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement; BIOL 101, BIOL 105
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is primarily a systems approach to the study of human body structure. The study of each body system includes structural specializations and functions from the microscopic to the system level emphasizing the interdependence of form and function. Additional topics include methods of anatomical study, human genetics, and embryonic development. The laboratory exercises will also include vertebrate dissections. This course is intended for students preparing to enter careers in the health sciences.

Total Semester Units:4.0 
2nd Semester
ORTH 040 - Introduction to Orthopedic TechnologyM4.0
ORTH 040 - Introduction to Orthopedic Technology (4.0 units)

Prerequisite:BIOL 125; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course will provide students with an introduction to the roles, professional responsibilities, code of ethics, and employment qualifications of an Orthopedic Technician. Instruction will also include the review of the musculoskeletal system as it relates to the field of orthopedic technology emphasizing loco-motor, neuro-muscular and peripheral vascular structures.

Total Semester Units:4.0 
3rd Semester
ORTH 050 - Orthopedic Technician Health AssessmentM3.0
ORTH 050 - Orthopedic Technician Health Assessment (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:ORTH 040

This course will provide the student with entry level abilities to function as an Orthopedic Technician. Students will receive instruction in the physical examination of the extremities, spine and pelvis. Instruction will include joint range of motion, specific muscle group testing and measuring the loco-motor system.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
4th Semester
ORTH 060 - Orthopedic Technician ModalitiesM4.0
ORTH 060 - Orthopedic Technician Modalities (4.0 units)

Prerequisite:ORTH 050

This course will provide the student with entry level abilities to function as an Orthopedic Technician in the private practice, hospital and managed care facilities. Students will receive instruction in back office skills focusing on casting, splinting, application of soft goods, wound care management, client communication and surgical assisting in major and minor orthopedic procedures. The student will learn operating room etiquette, gowning, gloving, sterile back table set up for categories 1, 2 and 3 orthopedic procedures. Instruction will include seminars, demonstrations and physical examinations, hands on casting and splinting applications, surgical gowning and gloving and assisting in major orthopedic procedures.

Total Semester Units:4.0 
Summer 2
ORTH 070 - Orthopedic Technician PracticumM4.0
ORTH 070 - Orthopedic Technician Practicum (4.0 units)

Prerequisite:ORTH 060

This course will provide the student with entry level abilities to function as an Orthopedic Technician. Students will participate in clinical and hospital rotations consisting of instruction in back office skills to include casting, splinting, application of soft goods, wound care management, client communication and sterile technique. Operating room etiquette, gowning, gloving, sterile back table set up for category 3 major procedures.

Total Semester Units:4.0 
Total Units for Orthopedic Technician Program COA program 19.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course

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