Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:
- Demand for Health Care Technicians is expected to grow about 15%* between 2015 and 2023
- Entry level wages for are about $13/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The FL Dept. of Economic Opportunity
800 hours/approx. 8 months – full time
M – F 7:05 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Students will be taught the skills and techniques necessary to be employed working with orthopaedic physicians to treat patients in a variety of health care environments. The program provides the skills and knowledge needed to become a competent orthopedic technologist performing the following services: routine office and departmental procedures; applying, 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 orthopedic injuries. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, clinics, and private practice offices.
Additional Skills Covered:
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Blood Borne Diseases HIV/AIDS, HBV
- Braces and Traction Skills
- Casting & Splinting Skills
- Communication & Interpersonal Skills
- Computer Literacy
- Employability Skills
- Growth & Development
- HIPPA, Legal & Ethical Responsibilities
- Infection Control Procedures
- Medical Errors
- Medical Terminology
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Patient Assessment Skills
- Radiology – Basic Interpretation Skills
- Sterile Techniques
- Surgical Orthopedic Procedure Theory
IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING REGISTRATION:
- Registration processes for Health Science classes vary by program. For information specific to Orthopedic Technology, please e-mail the counselor at Nancy.Bussell@browardschools.com
- Students enrolling in any Health Science Education program must attend a Health Science program orientation on campus. At that time, information about the required Level II criminal background check and drug screening, per The Joint Commission, will be fully explained. Students who do not have a valid social security number may encounter difficulty with certain state licensing agencies and registries. Contact the program counselor for specific information.
Industry Certification Exam & State Credential
Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.
College Credit Transfer Opportunity and/ or Advanced Credit:
None at this time
To get started in the Orthopedic Technology program, sign up today for a program orientation!
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Step 1⇒ Attend a Program Orientation
Step 2 ⇒ Take the Tests of Adult Basic Education or meet exemption criteria
- See your counselor/advisor for details on test exemption criteria.
- Accommodations for testing are available to qualified individuals.
- Visit the Office of Disability Services for details before testing.
Step 3 ⇒ Meet with your counselor/advisor
- Receive test results
- Discuss technical or academic program placement
- Special needs
- Financial aid
- Registration procedures
Step 4 ⇒ Registration and Enrollment