Orthopaedic Technology Degree

Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
BIOL 120C Human Biology 3 2 4
ENGL 101C English Composition 4 0 4
HLTH 101C Medical Terminology 3 0 3
PSYC 105C Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Spring Semester
ENGL 120CMC Communication::Mindful or      
ENGL xxxC English Elective * 3 0 3
MATH 120C Quantitative Reasoning or      
MATH xxxC Math Elective ** 4 0 4
PSYC 220C Human Growth & Development 3 0 3
SOCI 105C Introduction to Sociology 3 0 3
Summer Semester
IST 102C PC Applications 3 0 3
PHIL 242C Contemporary Ethical Issues 3 0 3
Fall Semester
#ORTH 101C Orthopaedic Anatomy & Physiology I 3 0 3
#ORTH 103C Basic Radiology Interpretation 3 0 3
#ORTH 105C Casting and Splinting I *** 2 2 3
#ORTH 112C Traction 1 2 2
#ORTH 116C Sterile Techniques 1 3 2
Spring Semester
#ORTH 102C Orthopaedic Anatomy & Physiology II 3 0 3
#ORTH 104C Physical Assessment of the Orthopaedic Patient 3 2 4
#ORTH 113C Orthopaedic Patient Care 2 2 3
#ORTH 114C Custom Bracing 1 2 2
#ORTH 150C Spring Externship 0 12 2
#ORTH 205C Casting and Splinting II *** 2 2 3
Summer Semester
#ORTH 220C Senior Externship and Capstone Experience+ 1 16 6

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

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

# Indicates major field courses.
* EN 100 does not meet this requirement.
** Higher level math course. MATH 129C does not meet this requirement.
*** $500 specialty supplies fee will be added to the cost of ORTH 105C and ORTH 205C.
+ All students enrolled in a clinical course will be charged a $500 per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: ORTH150C, ORTH 220C.

Curriculum for students entering program in 2019-20.

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 Board for Certification of Orthoapedic Technologies (NBCOT).

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.

As a pre-clinical requirement, students will be required to undergo and successfully meet the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Department's criteria for a criminal background check and drug and alcohol screening. No student will be exempt from this process. Students are provided with procedural and cost information subsequent to admission to the Diagnostic Medical Imaging program and are responsible for all costs associated with these testing procedures. Drug and alcohol screening is required prior to clinical and randomly throughout the program.

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 2020 Admission

Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than March 13, 2020 for Fall 2020 admission (with the exception of the interview); applications will continue to be accepted until the program is full.

  1. High school diploma or proof of high school equivalency;
  2. Personal Interview;
  3. Applicants must write an essay on their desire to enter the Orthopaedic Technology program; instructions on how to complete this requirement are available 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.

Please Note: Students who wish to enter the Orthopaedic Technology Degree program and are currently enrolled in another NHTI program must complete and submit fhe Change of Program form.

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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.

For a complete listing of immunizations and clinical clearance requirements, please see the health requirements for Allied Health students.

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 chair 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.

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Susan Turcotte
Orthopaedic Technology
Program Coordinator

(603) 271-6484 x4329

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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