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

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 120MC Communication: Mindful or
ENGL xxxC English elective1 3 0 3
MATH 120C Quantitative Reasoning or
MATH xxxC Math elective 4 0 4
PHIL 242C Contemporary Ethical Issues 3 0 3
PSYC 220C Human Growth and Development 3 0 3

Second Year

Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
ORTH 101C Orthopaedic Anatomy and Physiology I2 3 0 3
ORTH 103C Basic Radiology Interpretation2 3 0 3
ORTH 108C Casting and Splinting I2,3 2 4 4
ORTH 109C Introduction to Orthopaedics2,3 2 1 2
ORTH 113C Orthopaedic Patient Care2 2 2 3
Spring Semester
ORTH 102C Orthopaedic Anatomy and Physiology II2 3 0 3
ORTH 104C Physical Assessment of the Orthopaedic Patient2 3 2 4
ORTH 150C Spring Externship2,4,5 0 12 2
ORTH 208C Casting and Splinting II2,3 2 4 4
Summer Semester
ORTH 112C Traction2 1 2 2
ORTH 220C Senior Externship and Capstone Experience2,3,4 1 16 6
Total Credits 80
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. 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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