Orthopaedic Technology Certificate

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Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester
HS 101 Medical Terminology 3 0 3
ORTH 101 Orthopaedic Anatomy & Physiology I 3 0 3
ORTH 103 Basic Radiology Interpretation 3 0 3
ORTH 105 Casting and Splinting I * 2 2 3
ORTH 107 Sterile Techniques 0 3 1
ORTH 113 Orthopaedic Patient Care 2 2 3
  16
Spring Semester
ORTH 102 Orthopaedic Anatomy & Physiology II 3 0 3
ORTH 104 Physical Assessment of the Orthopaedic Patient 3 2 4
ORTH 112 Traction 0 3 1
ORTH 205 Casting and Splinting II * 2 2 3
ORTH 114 Custom Bracing 1 2 2
PI 242 Contemporary Ethical Issues 3 0 3
  16
Summer Semester
ORTH 220 Senior Externship and Capstone Experience** 1 16 6
  6
TOTAL CREDITS 38

*$500 specialty supplies fee will be added to the cost of ORTH 105 and ORTH 205
**A $350 per semester clinical surcharge fee will be added to the cost of ORTH 220.

Program Cost Estimates

Curriculum for students entering program in 2014-15

PROSPECTIVE ORTHOPAEDIC TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS
For a more in-depth look into the Orthopaedic Technology Program, please visit our Blackboard site at http://ccsnh.blackboard.com/ (username: nhtiotc password: student)

The Orthopaedic Technology Certificate program educates students in the care of orthopaedic patients, concentrating on the art of casting and splinting. Students will be specially trained to assist orthopaedic physicians in hospitals, clinics and private practice offices in the care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries or conditions. The applicant must complete a course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Airway Obstruction Management for the Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer before program registration. All applicants must submit an essay focused on their interest in Orthopaedic Technology, and attend a personal interview with the program coordinator. Upon successful completion of this program, candidates will be prepared to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Certified Orthopaedic Technologists. This program is recognized by the National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists (NAOT). This program is financial aid eligible. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must submit an official, final high school transcript, or the equivalent documentation that demonstrates high school completion, to the NHTI Admissions Office.

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Specific Admission Requirements

For Fall 2015 Admission

Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete (with the exception of the interview) and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than to March 13, 2015, for Fall 2015 admission.

For Fall 2014 Admission

Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete (with the exception of the interview) and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than to March 28, 2014, for Fall 2014 admission.

  1. High school diploma or proof of high school equivalency;
  2. Personal Interview;
  3. Applicants must write an essay focused on their interest in Orthopaedic Technology; instructions for completing this requirement are available through the Blackboard site for Orthopaedic Technology (username: nhtiotc password: student) or from the Admissions Office at (603) 230-4011, or you may access the instructions for completing this requirement here in PDF format. If you have further questions please contact the Admissions Office at (603) 230-4011 or by email at nhtiadm@ccsnh.edu;
  4. Applicants must complete a course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Airway Obstruction Management for health care providers/professional rescuer.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college's first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Technical Standards
Standards have been established to provide guidance to students as to the skills and abilities required to function successfully in the program and ultimately in the profession. Applicants who think they may not be able to meet one or more of the technical standards should contact department head or faculty to discuss individual cases.

  1. Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs and to understand instructions, emergency signals and telephone conversation.
  2. Sufficient visual acuity to observe patients, manipulate equipment, and interpret data: visual acuity sufficient to ensure a safe environment, identify color changes, read fine print/writing and calculate fine calibrations.
  3. Sufficient verbal ability to express and exchange information and ideas and to interact with patients, family members, physicians, peers and other ancillary medical personnel.
  4. Sufficient writing skills to record medical data and communicate with other medical professionals; ability to express ideas to educate the client and exchange information with other health professionals, including typing on a computer.
  5. Ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately in emergencies or unexpected situations and to cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.
  6. Sufficient strength and motor coordination to perform the following physical activities: manual dexterity in handling and lifting equipment; frequent moving and lifting of patients; stooping and bending for sustained periods of time; and, performing CPR.
  7. Standing for sustained periods of time and walking most of the work day to accomplish tasks.
  8. Frequent reaching and manual dexterity in handling Durable Medical Equipment.
  9. Ability to secure transportation to practicum sites and classes.
  10. Will be exposed to some latex during clinical settings.

Susan Turcotte
Orthopaedic Technology
Program Coordinator

(603) 271-6484 x4329
sturcotte@ccsnh.edu

Admissions
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011
nhtiadm@ccsnh.edu

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