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Orthotists and Prosthetists

Orthotists and Prosthetists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Orthotists and Prosthetists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Design, measure, fit, and adapt orthopedic braces, appliances or prostheses, such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions. Replace missing teeth and associated oral structures with permanent fixtures, such as crowns and bridges, or removable fixtures, such as dentures.
 
Fit prostheses to patients, making any necessary adjustments and modifications.
 
Design and fabricate dental prostheses, or supervise dental technicians and laboratory bench workers who construct the devices.
 
Measure and take impressions of patients' jaws and teeth to determine the shape and size of dental prostheses, using face bows, dental articulators, recording devices, and other materials.
 
Collaborate with general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health concerns.
 
Repair, reline, or rebase dentures.
 
Restore function and aesthetics to traumatic injury victims, or to individuals with diseases or birth defects.
 
Use bonding technology on the surface of the teeth to change tooth shape or to close gaps.
 
Treat facial pain and jaw joint problems.
 
Place veneers onto teeth to conceal defects.
 
Bleach discolored teeth to brighten and whiten them.
 
Examine, interview, and measure patients to determine their appliance needs and to identify factors that could affect appliance fit.
 
Fit, test, and evaluate devices on patients, and make adjustments for proper fit, function, and comfort.
 
Instruct patients in the use and care of orthoses and prostheses.
 
Design orthopedic and prosthetic devices, based on physicians' prescriptions and examination and measurement of patients.
 
Maintain patients' records.
 
Make and modify plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prostheses or orthoses, for use in the device construction process.
 
Select materials and components to be used, based on device design.
 
Confer with physicians to formulate specifications and prescriptions for orthopedic or prosthetic devices.
 
Repair, rebuild, and modify prosthetic and orthopedic appliances.
 
Construct and fabricate appliances or supervise others constructing the appliances.
 
Train and supervise support staff, such as orthopedic and prosthetic assistants and technicians.
 
Update skills and knowledge by attending conferences and seminars.
 
Show and explain orthopedic and prosthetic appliances to healthcare workers.
 
Research new ways to construct and use orthopedic and prosthetic devices.
 
Publish research findings or present them at conferences and seminars.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Orthotists and Prosthetists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Orthotists and Prosthetists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Orthotists and Prosthetists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Orthotists and Prosthetists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Alibre Design Computer aided design CAD software
 
American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association CodingPro Medical software
 
Artsco OrthoPro Complete Medical software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Computer graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Futura International O.P.S. Medical software
 
Gait analysis software Medical software
 
Gez Bowman THE O&P HUB Medical software
 
Infinity CAD Systems AutoSculpt Computer aided design CAD software
 
Intuit QuickBooks software Accounting software
 
MedEvolve eCeno Medical software
 
MedePresence Medical software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
OPIE Practice Management Suite Medical software
 
Ohio Willow Wood OMEGA Tracer System Computer aided design CAD software
 
Polhemus FastSCAN Computer aided design CAD software
 
Seattle Systems Shapemaker Computer aided design CAD software
 
Vorum Research Corporation CANFIT-PLUS Computer aided design CAD software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Allen wrenches Hex keys
 
Anvils Anvils
 
Belt sanders Power sanders
 
Bending irons Bending machines
 
Cast cutters Cast cutters or saws
 
Cast spreaders Cast cutters or saws
 
Circular saws Power saws
 
Claw hammers Hammers
 
Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines Milling cutters
 
Deburring tools Deburring equipment
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital calipers Calipers
 
Digital protractors Protractors
 
Digital video cameras Digital camcorders or video cameras
 
Digitizers Scanners
 
Drilling machines Power drills
 
Dust masks Masks or accessories
 
Electromyography EMG testers Electromyography EMG units or accessories
 
Files Files
 
Force platforms Pressure indicators
 
Goniometers Goniometers
 
Grinding machines Power grinders
 
Half-round files Files
 
Hand rasps Rasps
 
Holding tongs Tongs
 
Industrial sewing machines Sewing machines
 
Infrared laboratory ovens Laboratory safety ovens
 
Laboratory air circulating ovens Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Laser levels Levels
 
Laser scanners Scanners
 
Medical examination protective gloves Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves
 
Medical measuring tapes Medical tape measures
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Pipe clamps Pipe vises
 
Power buffers Power buffers
 
Power drills Power drills
 
Power planers Power planes
 
Power sanders Power sanders
 
Precision rulers Rulers
 
Pressure transducers Electro pneumatic transducers
 
Revolving punch pliers Punching pliers
 
Safety goggles Goggles
 
Scarpas knives Utility knives
 
Shears Shears
 
Surgical masks Medical staff isolation or surgical masks
 
Tablet computers Tablet computers
 
Trautman routers Power routers
 
Tube cutters Pipe or tube cutters
 
Tube reamers Reamers
 
Utility knives Utility knives
 
Vacuum molding systems Vacuum molding machines
 
Vacuum presses Vacuum molding machines
 
Variable speed routers Power routers
 
Vertical transfer jigs Alignment jig
 
Welders Welders
 
Workshop bench vises Bench vises
 
Workshop heat guns Heat guns
 
Workshop lathes Lathes
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Orthotists and Prosthetists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Post-Doctoral Training
 
Required Level of Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree, but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Orthotists and Prosthetists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
American Board Certified Orthotist (ABC Orthotist)
Artificial Limb Fitter
BOC Orthotist/Prosthetist (Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification Orthotist/Prosthetist)
Board Certified and Licensed Orthotist/Prosthetist
Certified Orthotic Fitter
Certified Orthotist (CO)
Certified Prosthetist (CP)
Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO)
Dentist
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Licensed Certified Orthotist
Licensed Prosthetist
Licensed Prosthetist/Orthotist (LPO)
Maxillofacial Prosthetics Dentist
Maxillofacial Prosthodontist
Orthopedic Assistant
Orthopedic Mechanic
Orthotic/Prosthetic Practitioner
Orthotics Assistant
Orthotics Clinic Manager
Orthotist
Orthotist/Prosthetist
Pedorthist
Prosthetics Assistant
Prosthetist
Prosthodontist
Reconstructive Dentist
Removable Prosthodontist
Upper Extremity Prosthetics Clinical Director
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Orthotists and Prosthetists
 
 
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