This program trains students in casting and splinting. Students complete hands-on training in the on-campus lab as well as externships throughout N.H. and the U.S. All courses and clinical externships are taught by industry professionals and leaders. The students in the Orthopaedic Program are very active on campus with the Orthoblast Club. This program is financial aid eligible. 

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • 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
Fall Semester
HLTH 101CMedical Terminology303
ORTH 101COrthopaedic Anatomy and Physiology I303
ORTH 103CBasic Radiology Interpretation303
ORTH 108CCasting and Splinting I1265
ORTH 109CIntroduction to Orthopaedics1212
ORTH 113COrthopaedic Patient Care223
Spring Semester
ORTH 102COrthopaedic Anatomy and Physiology II303
ORTH 104CPhysical Assessment of the Orthopaedic Patient324
ORTH 150CSpring Externship2,30163
ORTH 208CCasting and Splinting II1265
PHIL 242CContemporary Ethical Issues303
Summer Semester
ORTH 112CTraction122
ORTH 220CSenior Externship and Capstone Experience1166
Total Credits45

1$750 specialty supplies fee will be added to the cost of ORTH 108C & ORTH 208C, and a $350 specialty supplies fee for ORTH 220C.

2All students enrolled in a clinical course will be charged a $500 per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: ORTH 150C, ORTH 220C.

3A $89 fee will be assessed for all student taking ORTH 150C. This fee covers the cost of the radiation badge, which is required per state/national law and accreditation to monitor student radiations dose.

Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete (with the exception of the interview) and received by the Admissions Office no later than March 3, 2023 for Fall 2023 admission. Applications completed after the deadline will be considered on a space availability basis until the program is full.

  • High school diploma or proof of high school equivalency
  • Personal interview
  • Applicants must write an essay on their desire to enter the Orthopaedic Technology program; instructions on how to complete this requirement can be downloaded at this link: Orthopaedic Technology Admission Essay Requirementsand are available from the Admissions Office at
  • Complete a course in CPR and Airway Obstruction Management for healthcare providers/professional rescuers prior to program registration; this may be completed after acceptance.

Students who wish to enter this degree program and are enrolled in another NHTI program must complete and submit the Change of Program form and submit it to the Admissions office at

Upon completion, students are eligible to take the National Registry Exam and can work anywhere in the country.

Standards have been established as to the skills and abilities required to function successfully in the program and profession.

  • Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs and to understand instructions, emergency signals and telephone conversation
  • 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
  • Sufficient verbal ability to express and exchange information and ideas and to interact with patients, family members, physicians, peers, and other ancillary medical personnel
  • Sufficient writing skills to record medical data and communicate with other medical professionals
  • The ability to express ideas to educate the client and exchange information with other health professionals, including typing on a computer
  • 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
  • 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
  • Standing for sustained periods of time and walking most of the work day
  • Frequent reaching and manual dexterity in handling durable medical equipment
  • Ability to secure transportation to practicum sites and classes

Applicants will be exposed to latex during clinical settings. Those who think they may not be able to meet one or more of the technical standards should contact the department chair or faculty to discuss individual cases.

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