Orthopaedic Technology is the art of casting and splinting broken bones and muscular injuries. This program is one of only seven in the country and the only one in New England. Students are trained in casting, splinting, and anatomy and physiology of the body and patient care specific to the field. Students complete hands-on training in the on-campus lab and in externships throughout N.H. and in the U.S. All courses and clinical externships are taught by industry professionals and leaders. Students in this program are 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

First Year

CourseTitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
BIOL 120CHuman Biology324
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
HLTH 101CMedical Terminology303
PSYC 105CIntroduction to Psychology303
    14
Spring Semester    
ENGL 120MCCommunication: Mindful or   
ENGL xxxCEnglish elective1303
MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning or   
MATH xxxCMath elective404
PHIL 242CContemporary Ethical Issues303
PSYC 220CHuman Growth and Development303
    13

Second Year

CourseTitleCLLABCR
ORTH 101COrthopaedic Anatomy and Physiology I2303
ORTH 103CBasic Radiology Interpretation2303
ORTH 108CCasting and Splinting I2,3244
ORTH 109CIntroduction to Orthopaedics2,3212
ORTH 113COrthopaedic Patient Care2223
    15
Spring Semester
ORTH 102COrthopaedic Anatomy and Physiology II2303
ORTH 104CPhysical Assessment of the Orthopaedic Patient2324
ORTH 150CSpring Externship2,4,50122
ORTH 208CCasting and Splinting II2,3244
    13
Summer Semester
ORTH 112CTraction2122
ORTH 220CSenior Externship and Capstone Experience2,3,41166
 8
Total Credits80

1Does not include ENGL 100C

2Indicates major field courses.  

3$750 specialty supplies fee will be added to the cost of ORTH 108C and ORTH 208C, and a $350 specialty supplies fee for ORTH 220C.

4All 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.

5A $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.

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.  

The deadline for Fall 2021 admission is March 5, 2021. The deadline for Fall 2022 admission is March 4, 2022.

Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete (with the exception of the interview) and received by the Admissions Office at NHTIadmissions@ccsnh.edu by the deadline.

  • 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 Requirements and are available from the Admissions Office at NHTIadmissions@ccsnh.edu.
  • 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 NHTIadmissions@ccsnh.edu.

Job placement for graduates is excellent. Students who complete this program have opportunities to work in private practice, hospitals, clinics, and athletics. Our students complete externships through clinical facilities such as Concord Orthopedic, the Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts General Hospital. Upon completion of the program students are eligible to take the national registry exam. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam.

This program is recognized by the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists (NBCOT). 

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