Bachelor of Science inOrthotics and Prosthetics

Majoring in Orthotics and Prosthetics involves the study of how to design and fit braces, artificial limbs, and other devices that help the disabled lead full lives. You’ll learn to effectively analyze, design and construct appropriate prosthetics and make sound ethical decisions surrounding their use. How is gait analysis conducted? What role can patient counseling play? What materials should be used in fabrication? You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any career in orthotics as you take 60 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Science degree.

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Orthotics and Prosthetics Curriculum Overview

Majoring in Orthotics and Prosthetics involves the study of how to design and fit braces, artificial limbs, and other devices that help the disabled lead full lives. You’ll learn to effectively analyze, design and construct appropriate prosthetics and make sound ethical decisions surrounding their use. How is gait analysis conducted? What role can patient counseling play? What materials should be used in fabrication? You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any career in orthotics as you take 61 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Science degree.

Required Courses taken at Century College (28 credits)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
Required Courses taken at Concordia (33 credits)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
BIO - 315 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO - 316 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
KHS - 220 Research Methods 4
KHS - 400 Health Psychology 4
KHS - 436 Motor Dev,Contrl & Motor Learn 4
KHS - 445 Ethics & Decision Making H C 4
KHS - 472 Athltc Train,Injry Prevt&Safe 4
KHS - 473 Biomechanics 4
KHS - 490 Senior Professional Seminar 1

This course is part one of a study of the structure and function of the human body. Major topics include the introduction to the human body, cells, tissues and skeletal, muscle, nervous and cardiovascular systems. Three lectures and one three hour lab period per week. (Prerequisite: BIO120)

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This course is part two of a study of the structure and function of the human body. Major topics include the autonomic nerves and special senses and endocrine, respiratory, digestive, immune, metabolism, reproductive and urinary systems. Three lectures and one three hour lab period per week. (Prerequisite: BIO120 or instructor consent)

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This course is designed to expose students to the principles and concepts necessary for understanding the basic elements of research in kinesiology and allied health. Students will learn about the research process, types of measurement and research, and proper writing style. Emphasis will also be placed on locating and evaluating credible evidence from various sources. Concepts from this course will assist students in applying research methods to topics within their own fields of interest.

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KHS400 Health Psychology is designed to help students learn those skills necessary in forging a bridge between the client-learner's thoughts, feelings and actions by integrating thought and behavior into one synergistic approach to the delivery of health education that can accommodate the whole person. Cognitive techniques, such as lecture discussion, readings, presentations, collection of data, and specific planning combined with the behavioral components of emotion and action will help in bringing about this synergistic process.

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This course examines the growth and development patterns of the child from infant, adolescence, adulthood, and through late adulthood. The purpose of the course is to enhance student insight into the fundamental role that the motor system plays in the human condition. There are four broad topic areas: 1) nature and mechanisms of the expression and control of motor behavior; 2) concepts, principles and measurement of motor learning; 3) factors that influence skill and proficiency in motor performance; and 4) practical approaches to studying and learning motor skills. Content will follow motor control through motor development across the life span with special emphasis on early childhood development and late adulthood.

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This is a foundational course in ethics for individuals pursuing vocations of service in health care. Students will have a greater understanding of the ethical principles that are applied to the delivery of health care services and the processes for making sound ethical decisions. Students will develop models of decision making that are consistent with core personal values as well as the ethical standards of their professions. Motivations for ethical healthcare decisions will be evaluated. The roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals will be explored on the basis of Christian values as well as assumptions drawn from reason and societal norms and expectations.

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The practical study of procedures for the care and prevention of injuries sustained during physical activity, including First Aid and Safety principles as dictated by the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. Designed as a course for students pursuing careers in athletic training, teaching, coaching, physical therapy, or other related fields. Instruction will include lectures, informational presentations, and hands on experience. (Suggested prerequisite: KHS474)

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This course examines the physics of human movement. Content areas include the structural mechanics of bone construction, muscle contraction, ligament, and tendon plasticity and elasticity. Sport implement mechanics and the mechanics of environmental conditions (e.g. friction, air, and water resistance) are also explored. Sport performance issues will also be analyzed for mechanical efficiency. (Suggested prerequisite: KHS474)

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This capstone course prepares students to chart different paths following graduation with a degree in Kinesiology or physical education: (a) entering the work force in the field of Kinesiology at a bachelor's degree level, (b) enter the work force in the field of teacher education at a bachelor's degree level, or (c) enter a graduate school. In this course student will develop a resume, request letters of recommendation, complete a professional portfolio, and identify job-searching strategies. (Prerequisite: senior status)

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The Bachelor of Science in Orthotics & Prosthetics degree is a unique partnership between Century College and Concordia University, St. Paul.

In order to be eligible for a BSOP degree from Concordia University, students must complete the following coursework:

  • Clinical Applications Diploma from Century College
    note: the Clinical Applications Diploma coursework is included in the right column of Century College’s Program Guide
    note: Students might need to start with the Orthotic and Prosthetic Fitter Associated in Applied Science degree (the left column of Century College’s Program Guide) depending on their previous experience/coursework in the O&P field. Please contact Century College for further information about these programs.
  • Concordia University’s Biology and Kinesiology coursework.
    Note: Students must take Anatomy & Physiology I and II at Concordia, not Century.
  • Concordia University’s General Education requirements must be completed. Students often can transfer in all general education coursework from Century College with the exception of Theology coursework.

Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics coursework at Concordia University-St. Paul (i.e., the BIO and KHS coursework) does not mean you will earn the BSOP degree since Century College coursework is required to complete the full major. If students do not complete the Century College coursework, which is part of the major, they will not be able to earn the BSOP degree from Concordia.

The Bachelor of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics degree provides the educational preparation to become an Orthotics and Prosthetics Assistant; however, it is not accredited as an assistant-level program. Students graduating with this degree can become ABC-certified Orthotics and Prosthetics Assistants but not solely through the completion of this degree. Please review the specific requirements to become an ABC-certified Orthotics and Prosthetics Assistant by visiting the ABC website.

Note: Concordia University, St. Paul does not provide any counseling or guidance to Century College representatives regarding Century College’s acceptance procedures into their Orthotics and Prosthetics programs.

Meet Your Professors

Katie Fischer Instructor of Kinesiology

Within her courses, Fischer works with students to analyze the determinants of health and disease, and to evaluate the importance of research within the health field.

Career Potential

  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Medical Appliance Technicians
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Specialists
  • Physical Therapists

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