Orthopedic Technology

Program Description

The Orthopedic Technology degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students to work with orthopedic surgeons to treat patients in a variety of health care environments. The degree program provides the skills and knowledge needed to become a competent orthopedic technologist performing the following services: routine office and departmental procedures and the ability to perform certain basic functions; adjusting and removing casts, splints, and braces; setting up, adjusting, and maintaining traction configurations; assisting with the care of acutely injured patients; and assisting the physician in the reduction and/or manipulation of orthopedic injuries. Successful completion of the Orthopedic Technology degree program leads to eligibility for The American Society of Orthopedic Professionals certification exam. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, clinics, and private practice offices.

Program Details

  • Major Code: OT13
  • Award Level: Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Location: Griffin Campus
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall
  • Minimum Length of Program: 6 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 69

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

Upon admission to the College, students desiring the Orthopedic Technology program will be placed in the Health Care Management Degree while working on program admission requirements. Acceptance into the Orthopedic Technology program is a competitive selection process, which is based on the GPA of prerequisite courses and the score on the PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination.

Applicants must meet general admissions requirements, as well as the following minimum requirements. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. The student must successfully complete ALHS 1040, ALHS 1090, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, ENGL 1101, and SPCH 1101 with a minimum grade of C in conjunction with a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

All of these courses must be completed by the last day of the SUMMER semester to be considered for fall semester entrance into the program. There are no exceptions!

If a student retakes a course to improve his/her grade, the higher grade will be calculated into the GPA. Financial aid may or may not pay for a student to retake a course.

PSYC 1101, ENGL 1102, MATH 1111 or MATH 1101 or MATH 1103 and one Humanities/Fine Arts elective may be taken during the program to maintain full-time status throughout the entire program. These courses must be completed before graduation with a minimum grade of "C" or better. If a student transfers from another Orthopedic Technology program, then 25 percent of the program must be taken at SCTC.

All students must submit test scores from the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Examination with a minimum score of 180. Scores cannot be more than a year old. Program faculty recommend that students take the examination at Southern Crescent Technical College. It is administered in the Community Service building and the results are accessed online by the Orthopedic Technology program faculty. Southern Crescent Technical College administers the PSB test every Monday. Please call 770-228-7364 for an appointment. Available seats fill up fast, especially in the spring semester. Schedule early and do not wait until the last minute. If a student takes the PSB HOAB at a different testing site, it must be the 3rd edition and all attempts must be transferred to Southern Crescent Technical College via PSB, at an additional cost to the student. For test question samples, visit

The student will be responsible for notifying program faculty of his/her intent to compete by completing the online Allied Health Program Ready Application ONLY if all program entrance requirements will be met by the end of the summer semester and PSB exam results have been submitted. All Allied Health Applications must be submitted on or before the last day of the summer semester. If transfer credits are involved, the student will be responsible for making sure all transcripts are into the college by this deadline. Program faculty will NOT accept late submissions of Allied Health Applications, transfer credits, or PSB Exam results. If the student is not accepted and wishes to re-compete for the following year, then the student must resubmit a new Allied Health Program Ready Application and new PSB Exam results. Allied Health Applications are available online There is no waiting list!

Should there be more qualified students competing than available spaces, candidates are admitted based on the grade point average for the courses listed above plus the score on the PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination. The grade point average, which is based on the 4.00 scale, will be converted to a 400 point scale and added to the score of the PSB HOAB (maximum score of 305 points). Spaces are filled from the highest score downward until the maximum enrollment total is reached. The student's program application date will break any tie. "Application date" is defined as the date when the student applied to the college for the program or the date on the Change of Enrollment Form to the Orthopedic Technology program. All applicants will be notified of program status by mail and email no later than August 1.

Applicants are accepted into the Orthopedic Technology Program fall term (August) and are accepted only as full-time day students. During the first term of the program and prior to starting clinical, each student is required to complete an online drug screen/background check through Advantage Students. The student also must submit a current copy of an American Heart Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

NOTE: Grading standards for Orthopedic Technology courses are very stringent. For students to progress to the next course of study, a minimum grade of C must be achieved in every ORTT course. Students must also maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 to remain in the program.

Readmission Policy

If a student withdraws for any reason, the student may be allowed to re-enter the program the following year at the point in which the student withdrew from the program unless the student withdraws prior to the completion of the first term of the program. These students must re-compete for program entrance. This courtesy is extended only once. Upon readmission into the Orthopedic Technology program, the student must complete additional requirements as deemed necessary by the program faculty. Readmission will be based on available space within the classroom and clinical sites.

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks.

Equipment / Supplies$100.00
Liability Insurance$30.00
Background/Drug Screen$78.50
The American Society of Orthopedic Professionals certification exam$200.00

Background Check

A student who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be accepted into the Orthopedic Technology program; however, such a conviction may cause a student to be ineligible to rotate through some or all of the program’s clinical affiliates. The student should also notify the program faculty prior to starting the program to ensure there are clinical sites that will allow the student to rotate through to meet clinical requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many spaces are available?
    – 20
  2. How many times per year are students accepted into the program?
    – One - Fall term
  3. What is a typical schedule?
    – M-Th, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  4. What are the clinical sites?
    – Athens Orthopedics, Atlanta Medical Center, Children’s Orthopedic’s of Atlanta, Emory Orthopedics and Spine, Georgia Bone and Joint, LLC., The Hughston Clinic, Kaiser, Ortho Georgia, Ortho Atlanta, Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia, Pinnacle Orthopaedics, Premier Orthopedics, Resurgens, University Orthopedics, Upson Regional Medical Center, Well Star (Spalding Regional).
  5. How are clinical sites assignments determined?
    – Clinical sites are randomly assigned by the clinical coordinator.
  6. How long is the program?
    12 months (three terms) from when the student starts the Orthopedic program.

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

First Term
ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric (Required)3
PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology (Required)3
COMP 1000Introduction to Computers (Required)3
Natural Sciences / Mathematics - Choose one: (Required)3
MATH 1101*Mathematical Modeling OR
MATH 1111College Algebra OR
MATH 1103Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
Second Term
ENGL 1102Literature and Composition3
BIOL 2113Anatomy and Physiology I (Required)3
BIOL 2113LAnatomy and Physiology Lab I (Required)1
ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care (Required)3
ALHS 1090Med Terminology for Allied Health Science (Required)2
Third Term
BIOL 2114Anatomy and Physiology II (Required)3
BIOL 2114LAnatomy and Physiology Lab II (Required)1
SPCH 1101Public Speaking (Required)3
HUMN 1101Intro to Humanities OR Humanities/Fine Arts Elective:
MUSC 1101, ARTS 1101, ENGL 2130, OR THEA 11013
Fourth Term
ORTT 1010Orthopedic Anatomy and Physiology4
ORTT 1020Orthopedic Techniques I4
ORTT 1030Introduction to Orthopedic Surgical Technique4
Fifth Term
ORTT1040Advanced Orthopedic Anatomy and Physiology4
ORTT1050Orthopedic Techniques II4
ORTT2010Orthopedic Technology Clinical I5
Sixth Term
ORTT 2020Orthopedic Technology Clinical II7
ORTT 2030Orthopedic Technology Capstone3
Orthopaedic Technology

Program Faculty

Christy Coker
Program Director

Melanie Dillon
Instructor, Clinical Coordinator

Career and Academic Planning

Tyreece Echols
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107