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Prosthetists and orthotists use the latest technology to create aids to help patients move without pain.

Average salary (a year)

£25,654 Starter


£45,838 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

days / nights / weekends on shifts

How to become

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How to become a prosthetist-orthotist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship


You can do a degree in prosthetics and orthotics, approved by the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists and the Health and Care Professions Council.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and a science for a degree

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Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:

  • prosthetic and orthotic technician advanced apprenticeship
  • prosthetist and orthotist degree apprenticeship

With experience you may be able to progress from a prosthetic or orthotic technician role to either a degree course in orthotics and prosthetics or a degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship

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Further information

You can get more advice about a career as a prosthetist and orthotist from Health Careers and the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of psychology
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your duties will depend on whether you work as a prosthetist, an orthotist or a mix of both. As a prosthetist you'll create and fit artificial limb replacements. As an orthotists you'll use aids to correct problems with nerves, muscles and bones.

You will:

  • assess patients' needs before an artificial device is made or fitted
  • discuss treatment plans with health professionals like physiotherapists and surgeons
  • take measurements and use computer modelling to produce prosthetic or orthotic designs
  • work with technicians to make the final product
  • fit surgical appliances (orthoses) like braces, blades or special footwear
  • check that the appliance or limb is comfortable and working properly
  • make adjustments or repairs
  • follow-up on patients to see how they are coping with their device

Working environment

You could work at a health centre, at a client's home or in an NHS or private hospital.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to a management post or move into a specialist clinical area like:

  • sports injuries
  • diabetes
  • neurological conditions
  • working with children

You could also move into teaching, or a research and development post.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Radiography; Orthotics and Prosthetics Access to Higher Education Diploma Level 3

  • Provider: The Manchester College
  • Start date: 01 September 2023
  • Location: Manchester

Access to Health & Soc Care Professions - Allied Healthcare Professions

  • Start date: 19 September 2023
  • Location: PRESTON

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