What is prosthetics and orthotics?
Prosthetics and Orthotics is a medical and engineering based healthcare profession. Prosthetists and Orthotists are Allied Health Professionals and are registered as autonomous clinicians under Rehabilitation Council of India
What do Prosthetists/Orthotists do?
Prosthetists and Orthotists assess, diagnose and treat people who require external medical devices. People seen include those with lifelong conditions such as diabetes, cerebral palsy and arthritis; and those whom may be recovering from a health event such as a stroke or after a knee operation or injury. The work is often varied and no two people are ever the same. They work as autonomous practitioners as well as part of a wider healthcare team to help manage the rehabilitation of anyone requiring treatment for a variety of conditions.
Prosthetics and orthotics is a practical health and engineering based subject, so it is beneficial if students: • Enjoy helping others • Enjoy problem solving • Enjoy being practical and using your hands
Do Prosthetists/Orthotists do the same thing?
Fundamental theories underpinning prosthetics and orthotics are similar which is why they are taught as one degree, and clinicians have a dual title, however the jobs can be very different. In general Prosthetists deal with patients who have a limb absence, whereas Orthotists deal with patients who may have limbs that do not work correctly, need extra support or require pain relief. Most people after their degree choose to specialise in either prosthetics or orthotics; however you can work as a dual practitioner.
How to become a Prosthetist/Orthotist?
To become a registered Prosthetist/Orthotist you must first complete a Bachelor degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics under any university recognized by UGC.
Minimum Qualification requirements for BPO Course
Candidate who has passed 10+2 in science or equivalent with physics, chemistry biology/ mathematics, and English with minimum aggregate 50% marks in PCBE/PCME will be eligible for admission to this course. Relaxation and reservation for SC/ST/OBC/PwD and other categories shall be as per the rules/instructions of the Central Govt /State Govt whichever is applicable.
What are career prospects in Prosthetics & Orthotics?
Currently there is a national and international shortage of Prosthetist and Orthotist and career prospects both throughout India and abroad are good, especially for those willing to relocate.
What is Salary Expectation to get paid?
Prosthetists/Orthotists are paid under Level‐7th CPC
Senior and specialist Prosthetists/Orthotists can be paid at Level‐10th CPC
and those who have management responsibilities can reach a Level‐11, 12and 13 CPC Contracted Prosthetists/Orthotists and private pay varies but at graduate level is often similar to other health Professions .