Programs

Orthopaedic Technology

Program Description

The Orthopaedic Technology degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students to work with orthopaedic surgeons to treat patients in a variety of health care environments. The degree program provides the skills and knowledge needed to become a competent orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic injuries. Successful completion of the Orthopaedic Technology degree program leads to eligibility for The American Society of Orthopaedic 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

Applicants must meet general admission requirement, as well as the following minimum requirements. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program:

  • Successfully complete (or transfer in) with a minimum grade of "C" or better:
  • ALHS 1040, ALHS 1090, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L,BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, COMP 1000, ENGL 1101,and SPCH 1101
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 4 of the following courses prior to program admission with the remaining 2 courses being completed prior to graduation with a minimum grade of C or better:
  • ENGL 1102, MATH 1111 or MATH 1101, HUMN 1101, and PSYC 1101
  • Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher for core classes.
  • If a student retakes a course to improve his/her grade, both attempts will be calculated into the GPA for competition. Students may only retake a course one time. Financial aid may not pay for a student to retake a course.
  • All students must submit test scores from the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Examination with a minimum score of 180. Students will need to take the examination at a PSB testing center at the Continuing Education building 100 on the Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin Campus.

Once all program entrance requirements have been met, the student will be responsible for notifying program faculty by submitting a program-ready card no later than the last day of spring semester. This card may be submitted at any time during the term in which the student is completing the last of the required core classes and PSB exam results have been submitted. Program faculty will NOT accept late submissions of program-ready cards. If transfer credits are involved, the student will be responsible for making sure that all of the transcripts are in to the college by the deadline. If the student is not accepted and wishes to reapply for the following year, the student must resubmit a new program-ready card. There will NOT be a 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 PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination. The grade point average (4.00 scale) will be converted to a 400 point scale and added to the score of the PSB test (maximum score 365). Seats 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 Orthopaedic Technology program.

Applicants are accepted into the Orthopaedic Technology program FALL term (August) and are accepted only as full-time day students. Each student is also required to complete an online drug screen/background check through Advantage Students (www.advantagestudents.com) and submit a current copy of an American Heart Healthcare Provider CPR certification during the first term of the program. All applicants will be notified of program status by mail or email on or before July 7th.

Candidate Selection and Prerequisite Requirements

Applicants are accepted into the Orthopaedic Technology program FALL term (August) and are accepted only as full-time day students. Each student is also required to complete an online drug screen/background check through Advantage Students (www.advantagestudents.com) and submit a current copy of an American Heart Healthcare Provider CPR certification during the first term of the program. All applicants will be notified of program status by mail or email on or before July 7th.

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 PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination. The grade point average (4.00 scale) will be converted to a 400 point scale and added to the score of the PSB test (maximum score 365). Seats 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 Orthopaedic Technology 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 fall term begins. These students must re-compete for program entrance. THIS COURTESY IS EXTENDED ONLY ONCE. Upon readmission into the Orthopaedic 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. For more information, please refer to the Orthopaedic Technology Program Policy Manual.

NOTE: Grading standards for orthopaedic 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 maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 to remain in the program.

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

ItemCost
Equipment / Supplies$100.00
Uniforms$100.00
Liability Insurance$12.00
Background/Drug Screen$78.50
The American Society of Orthopaedic Professionals certification exam$200.00

Background Check

A student who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be accepted into the Orthopaedic Technology program; however, such a conviction may cause a student to be ineligible to take the National Examination and 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 Orthopaedics, Atlanta Medical Center, Children’s Orthopaedic’s of Atlanta, Emory Orthopaedics Center, Georgia Bone and Joint, LLC., Kaiser Permanente, Marietta Podiatry Center, Ortho Georgia, OrthoAtlanta, Premier Orthopaedics, Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia, Resurgens, Upson Regional Medical Center, University Orthopaedics.
  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 Orthopaedic 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.

CourseTitleCredits
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
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 1010Orthopaedic Anatomy and Physiology4
ORTT 1020Orthopaedic Techniques I4
ORTT 1030Introduction to Orthopaedic Surgical Technique4
Fifth Term
ORTT1040Advanced Orthopaedic Anatomy and Physiology4
ORTT1050Orthopaedic Techniques II4
ORTT2010Orthopaedic Technology Clinical I5
Sixth Term
ORTT 2020Orthaepic Technology Clinical II7
ORTT 2030Orthopaedic Technology Capstone3
Orthopaedic Technology

Program Faculty

Christy Coker
Interim Program Coordinator
ccoker@sctech.edu
770-412-5707

Career and Academic Planning

Tyreece Echols
Career Advisor
tyreece.echols@sctech.edu
770-467-4489
Griffin Campus
Room 107