Orthopaedic Technology Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

ORTH 101C Orthopaedic Anatomy & Physiology I 3-0-3
This course is an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system and related structures. Attention will be directed toward structural make-up, group composition, relationships, and location of each bone. Common fractures and treatments will be discussed in detail. Also covered will be normal and abnormal growth and development and the response to injury and disease, as well as the response of related structures to the mechanisms of injury and disease.

ORTH 102C Orthopaedic Anatomy and Physiology II 3-0-3
This course is a continuation of Orthopaedic Anatomy & Physiology I with a focus on common orthopaedic injuries and conditions of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves, and their treatments. Also covered will be the disruption to continuity to the musculoskeletal system and related structures resulting from congenital, emergent, or opportunistic diseases and trauma and their treatments. (Prerequisite: ORTH 101C)

ORTH 103C Basic Radiology Interpretation 3-0-3
This course will cover the history of radiology, and gives the student the basics of radiographic image production. Students will be introduced to the viewing and interpretation of plain orthopaedic radiographs, MRI's, and other types of permanent imaging relating to orthopaedics, terminology relating directly to the skeletal system and fracture healing, and describing a fracture as it relates to the radiographic image.

ORTH 104C Physical Assessment of the Orthopaedic Patient 3-2-4
A comprehensive course that provides integration of knowledge and terminology utilized for orthopaedic patient physical assessment. Included are life span differences and assessment of acute and chronic patient orthopaedic problems. Lab time covering the application and use of various orthopaedic devices, their complications, and contraindications is an intrinsic part of this course, allowing students hands-on experience with these products. Students will learn how to do custom measurements along with brace fitting techniques. Braces will be matched up with their commonly used diagnoses for better conceptual understanding of how these devices affect patient outcomes. Medical coding and reimbursement procedures will also be discussed. (Prerequisites: ORTH 101C, 103C, 105C, 112C, and 116C)

ORTH 105C Casting and Splinting I 2-2-3
This area is an integral part of the practice of an orthopaedic technologist. Topics to be covered will include the types, application, functions, and materials of the various casts and splints, as well as basic terminology related to the subject. Students will acquire a working knowledge of anatomy specifically relating to casting and splinting, the proper use of external aide devices commonly associated with casting and splinting, such as crutches, canes and walkers, and transfer of patients from wheel chairs and beds. Attention will be given to the removal of casts and splints, as well as the skills associated with providing patient instructions. A $500 specialty supplies fee will be assessed for all students taking ORTH 105C.

ORTH 112C Traction 0-3-1
This lab course will teach students the basic principles of traction, different types of traction, traction set-up and application, and complications and contraindications.

ORTH 113C Orthopaedic Patient Care 2-2-3
This course is an introduction to patient care in an orthopaedic environment. Students will be introduced to the basic elements of professional interaction with patients, their families, and the orthopaedic surgeon. Topics will include communication skills, basic orthopaedic terminology and abbreviations, medication fundamentals critical to the orthopaedic setting, OSHA standards, patient safety, patient transfers, and patient education. In the lab setting, students will learn to take blood pressure, pulse, and BMI measurements, as well as wound care and routine and emergency procedures. (Prerequisite: ORTH 101C, 103C, 105C, 112C, and 116C.)

ORTH 114C Custom Bracing 1-2-2
This lecture and lab course will cover various orthopaedic devices. Students will learn custom brace fitting techniques along with complications and contraindications to be aware of. Medical diagnoses for these braces will be reviewed. Medical coding for reimbursement for all orthopaedic devices will also be discussed. (Prerequisites: ORTH 101C, 103C, 105C, 112C, and 116C)

ORTH 116C Sterile Techniques 1-3-2
This course will provide students with an understanding of invasive and non-invasive procedures, aseptic technique, and instrumentation, and with the practical skills associated with assisting the orthopaedic surgeon with procedures. Students will be exposed to procedure and diagnostic codes relevant to orthopaedics. They will also be introduced to EMR (electronic medical records) simulations to comply with government “meaningful use.” Additional lectures on orthopaedic surgeries prior to students entering the OR suite will be reviewed. Students will be assigned to orthopaedic surgical sites for observation during the semester.

ORTH 205C Casting and Splinting II 2-2-3
Students will learn advanced casting techniques along with windowing of a cast, protection of pins and external hardware, pin care, and wound care. A $500 specialty supplies fee will be assessed for all students taking ORTH 205C. (Prerequisite: ORTH 105C)

ORTH 220C Senior Externship and Capstone Experience 1-16-6
This capstone experience provides students with an opportunity for concentrated clinical experience in an orthopaedic office or hospital setting, in which students will practice the skills they have learned in the classroom and laboratory on real orthopaedic patients under the direct supervision of an orthopaedic clinical supervisor and orthopaedic provider. Clinical placement will be provided by the Program Coordinator. In addition, students will be required to work in small groups to make a presentation to the class on an advanced topic related to the field of orthopaedic technology. Lecture hours also include a review for the national licensure exam in orthopaedic technology. All students enrolled in ORTH 220C with be charged at $350 per semester clinical surcharge. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all other courses in the Orthopaedic Technology program and permission of the Program Coordinator for Orthopaedic Technology)

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