Prosthetist and orthotist apprenticeship

Specialist in either patients with limb loss or patients with problems of the neuro, muscular and skeletal systems

Prosthetists design, provide and modify prostheses that replicate the structural or functional characteristics of a patient’s absent limbs. Orthotists design and provide orthoses that enable them to mobilise, improve walking, reduce falls, reduce pain, prevent and facilitate the healing of ulcers, and prevent physical deformities from progressing. In either role, you’ll instruct and guide your technicians in the specification and manufacture of prostheses and orthoses. You’ll also advise them in matters of patient interaction and care when the technicians are dealing directly with patients, such as for repairs. You’ll evaluate the effectiveness of your practice with the aim of continually improving outcomes for patients. During the prosthetist and orthotist apprenticeship you’ll be responsible for ensuring your own knowledge and skills are current, and support the development of others. On completion, you’ll achieve a bachelor’s degree.


Duration: 48 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements for the prosthetist and orthotist apprenticeship: GCSEs, A-levels, other relevant qualifications, relevant experience and/or an aptitude test

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Degree)—equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £29,000 per annum

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