Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 
 
 
Q. Can I just get a Bachelor degree and still become a prosthetist and/or orthotist?
 
A. By 2012, the availability of the Bachelor degree programs will be nonexistent. In April 2005, a landmark meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana convened a group of 35 educators, researchers and political leaders in the prosthetics and orthotics profession. Known as the Education Summit, the meeting focused on examining the need for education programs in P&O to upgrade to the master’s degree. The outcome of the meeting was a consensus for all American schools to move the professional education of orthotists and prosthetists from the current certificate and baccalaureate levels to the master’s degree level by 2010. Georgia Tech’s MSPO program was selected to serve as the model program to provide guidance and leadership during this national transition. Recently (2007) it was further clarified that all existing P&O education programs would need to transition to the master's degree by 2012 and that any new school that was aiming to create a P&O education program would need to do so at the level of a master's degree or higher by 2010.
 
Q. What does the future look like for the prosthetic and orthotic profession?
 
A. Extremely good! There is an increasing number of orthotists and prosthetists nearing retirement. The number of individuals preparing to exit the profession is marginally offset by the number of graduates from accredited schools preparing to enter the profession. Combined with the expanding number of elderly persons in need of orthotic and prosthetic care, other professions have begun to encroach their scope of practice by attempting to treat patients in need of orthotic and prosthetic services. Subsequently, inter-allied health competition for orthotic and prosthetic patient care has been forcing certified practitioners to operate in areas where in some cases, other allied health professionals are better educated or just as skill-oriented (i.e. upper extremity orthotics, splinting. In other areas, companies manufacturing pre-made orthoses and prostheses are directly marketing to the patient. These developments could weaken the quality of services provided to patients in need of orthotic and prosthetic care. You may find additional information on this topic at http://www.ap.gatech.edu/mspo/programmain.htm.
 
Q. What is the average salary for a prosthetist and/or orthotist?
 
A. Depending on market values, a CPO could make $60,000 to $75,000+. The market can affect salary because of factors such as the cost of living and the reimbursement for prosthetic and orthotic care in that region. Other factors that affect salary ranges may include (but are not limited to) the amount of clinical and/or managerial experience you have, dual certification (CPO), the supply and demand for practitioners in that area, your overall clinical skills, and your ability to develop relationships with other health care providers who trust you with the care of their patients.Learn how H.O.P.E can assist with your career path in Prosthetics and Orthotics.
 
A. Prosthetist and/or Orthotist Career with H.O.P.E
We are glad you expressed interest in the prosthetics industry, and more specifically Horizon Orthotic & Prosthetic Experience, Inc (HOPE). There are vast opportunities available in the prosthetic and orthotic fields and we feel that the personal rewards are what make this field such a great career choice. HOPE offers internships for individuals who have completed their studies and need to work under the supervision of a board certified practitioner. In addition, we offer shadowing opportunities for prospective individuals who are either trying to make a career decision or who are trying to gain practical experience in an effort to get accepted into an accredited program. At HOPE, we have a passion for assisting amputees and their families that goes beyond clinical expertise. We pride ourselves on maintaining a wonderful family atmosphere that can be seen through the inner-workings of our staff as well as between our staff and our patients. As a result, we carefully consider each potential addition to our family, even at an intern and observatory level. If you are interested in a career in this constantly evolving field, we would love to schedule a time for you to come and spend a few hours or a day with us. This would give prospective interns a chance to find out what prosthetics is like and what we do here at HOPE, while also providing an opportunity to meet the HOPE family and discuss the possibility of an internship or shadowing opportunity.
 
Q. What can HOPE do to help?
 
A. The following are some additional information if you have an interest in starting a career as a Prosthetist at HOPE.
 
****HOPE has opened its doors to prospective clinicians currently in school working towards a 4-year degree or individuals who have recently obtained a 4-year degree. We will provide short-term shadowing opportunities while in school. This would be a non-paid opportunity to give persons experience and knowledge in the field to further interest and expectations. We also have encouraged high school students who may be interested in the field to spend a few hours observing our clinical team at work. This can be very effective in helping them decide if this field fits their goals and talents.
 
To inquire about employment, please email or call 816.795.9600