Orthopaedic Technology is a growing career in New England, with NHTI having the only program. Job Placement for graduates is excellent.

You will not only be trained in casting in splinting but a thorough education in anatomy and physiology of the body and patient care specific to the field.

Our students have the ability to complete externships through the Childrens Hospital in Washington DC as well as Massachusetts General Hospital.

The students in the Orthopaedic Program are very active on campus with the Orthoblast Club.


You will complete hands-on training within the on-campus lab as well as externships throughout New Hampshire and in the United States. The Orthopaedic Technology program at NHTI is one of only seven in the country. This program is recognized by the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists (NBCOT).  All courses and clinical externships are taught by industry professionals and leaders.

Upon completion of the program students are eligible to take the National Registry Exam and have the ability to work anywhere in the country.

Why Orthopaedic Technology?

Do you have interest in healthcare? Have you thought of Orthopaedic Technology? Orthopaedic Technology is the art of casting and splinting broken bones and muscular injuries. Upon completion of the program students have opportunities to work in private practice, hospitals, clinics and in athletics.

This program is financial aid eligible. 

Orthopaedic Technology Degree


Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
BIOL 120CHuman Biology324
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
HLTH 101CMedical Terminology303
PSYC 105CIntroduction to Psychology303
Spring Semester
ENGL 120MCCommunication: Mindful or   
ENGL xxxCEnglish Elective *303
MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning or   
MATH xxxCMath Elective 404
PHIL 242CContemporary Ethical Issues303
PSYC 220CHuman Growth & Development303


Fall Semester
#ORTH 101COrthopaedic Anatomy & Physiology I303
#ORTH 103CBasic Radiology Interpretation303
#ORTH 108CCasting and Splinting I ***244
#ORTH 109CIntroduction to Orthopaedics ***212
#ORTH 113COrthopaedic Patient Care223
Spring Semester
#ORTH 102COrthopaedic Anatomy & Physiology II303
#ORTH 104CPhysical Assessment of the Orthopaedic Patient324
#ORTH 150CSpring Externship +  ++0122
#ORTH 208CCasting and Splinting II ***244
Summer Semester
#ORTH 112CTraction122
#ORTH 220CSenior Externship and Capstone Experience *** +1166

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

#      Indicates major field courses.

*      Does not include ENGL 100C

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

+      All 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.

++   A $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.      

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.



Our program has developed excellent practicum opportunities for you to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, our 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, you are 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.

Our program offers externships for you in the clinic and operating room. Externships are offered throughout New Hampshire and the country.

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 March 5, 2021, for Fall 2021 admission.

  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 the Orthopaedic Technology Admission Essay Requirements (PDF);
  4. Applicants must complete a course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Airway Obstruction Management for health care providers/professional rescuer. This is to be done after acceptance.

Please Note: Students who wish to enter the Orthopaedic Technology Degree program and are currently enrolled in another NHTI program must complete and submit the Change of Program form (PDF) prior to the application date listed above. Departmental signatures will not be required for the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semesters due to COVID-19.

  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;
  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.

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.

69 Credits Required


of students qualify for financial aid