Orthopaedic Technology Degree

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Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester
BI 120 Human Biology 3 2 4
EN 101 English Composition 4 0 4
HS 101 Medical Terminology 3 0 3
PY 105 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
  14
Spring Semester
EN 120CM Communicating Mindfully or      
EN xxx English Elective * 3 0 3
MT 120 Topics in Applied College Mathematics or      
MT xxx Math Elective ** 4 0 4
PY 220 Human Growth & Development 3 0 3
SO 105 Introduction to Sociology 3 0 3
  13
Summer Semester
IT 102 PC Applications 3 0 3
PI 242 Contemporary Ethical Issues 3 0 3
  6
SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester
#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
  13
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 114 Custom Bracing 1 2 2
#ORTH 205 Casting and Splinting II *** 2 2 3
  13
Summer Semester
#ORTH 220 Senior Externship and Capstone Experience+ 1 16 6
  6
TOTAL CREDITS 65

NOTE: Students must achieve grades of "C" or higher in all general education courses, including HS 101 and IT 102, to be eligible to register for ORTH 101 and other major field courses.

# Indicates major field courses.
* EN 100 does not meet this requirement.
** Higher level math course. MT 129 does not meet this requirement.
*** $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

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

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 Associate in Science in Orthopaedic Technology program educates students in the care of orthopaedic patients through major field courses, combined with the breadth of a general education curriculum to provide students with a solid foundation for further education. 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.

Program Goals:

  1. Demonstrates the ability to apply entry level orthopaedic casts, splints and braces as specified by the orthopaedic provider according to the standards set by the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists, Inc.;
  2. Demonstrates the knowledge to safely care for orthopaedic patients, under the supervision of an orthopaedic provider, in the areas of casting, splinting, bracing, traction, orthopaedic anatomy and physiology, and physical assessment by passing the National Orthopaedic Certification Exam on the first attempt;
  3. Reads, writes, speaks, and listens on a level that will facilitate the ability to work in the orthopaedic profession and participate and contribute to the care of orthopaedic patients;
  4. Of those pursuing employment, students will demonstrate the skills to be gainfully employed within six months post-graduation;
  5. Demonstrates basic applications of computer technology to be competent on a professional level when entering patient personal information, and how to maintain patient confidentiality;
  6. Recognizes the importance of continued professional development through professional societies and/or attending seminars specific to the orthopaedic professional community;
  7. Demonstrates professionalism in an orthopaedic environment by understanding diversity, emotions, and modes of expression, as expressed by the provider, the patient and/or his/her family;
  8. Appreciates the value of providing service to the community, by volunteering at events that promote health and wellness.

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.

  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. For further information 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