Prosthetics and Orthotics
BSc (Hons)

Clinical Placement
NHS Funding available
Overseas study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Prosthetics and Orthotics at Salford:

  • One of the only two universities in the UK offering this course
  • Combines the study of the body with engineering principles
  • A rewarding and practical career with development opportunities.

Key Information

Course Code: B984
Start Dates: September
Duration:

Three years full-time

Course Summary

Prosthetists and orthotists deal with the assessment, diagnosis and management of the whole of the body. Prosthetists provide artificial limbs (prostheses) to people who have all or part of a natural limb missing. Orthotists provide supportive braces and splints (orthoses) to people with various conditions of the limbs or spine. Prosthetists and orthotists work with people of all ages and with different requirements.

On the course you will learn how to assess, diagnose and treat people requiring prosthetic and orthotic care. The strong practical emphasis will be taught in conjunction with relevant theory and background information.

This course offers the opportunity to learn through placements in prosthetic and orthotic clinics across the country. As you move through the course, you will gradually require a greater depth of learning and increased competency in dealing with people, meeting their needs and deciding on the most effective treatment to offer.

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Course Details

This course takes three years to complete and includes a wide variety of clinical, practical and theoretical learning. You will spend most of your time at the University but you will also spend time in clinical placements where you will get the chance to see real patients wearing their prostheses and orthoses. You will also get the chance to see patients at the University, within our purpose built facilities, and work with the latest technologies and equipment that are used for today's prosthetic and orthotic devices.

Year 1

In this module you will learn about the basic structure of the human body, with particular reference to the foot, ankle and lower leg. You will also learn about the workings of the human body, with a focus on those functions that are particularly important to prosthetists and orthotists.
This module helps you learn about the design of prostheses and orthoses, how they are made and the different materials that are commonly used to make them.
This module introduces you to clinical and workshop practice. You will be able to see professional patients and make and fit prosthetic and orthotic components for them, under careful supervision. This module focuses on the common lower limb prosthetic and orthotic conditions, introducing you to concepts that will be important not only here but later on in the course. You will spend two weeks within a prosthetic or orthotic clinical facility within this module, to help you relate the work you have undertaken at University with actual clinical practice.
Prosthetists and orthotists provide a valuable service in health care, both nationally and internationally. This module builds on what you will have learned in the introduction to prosthetics and orthotics but focuses more on the importance of the service and your role as a prosthetist or orthotists. You will also see patients, but with different prosthetic and orthotic requirements and levels of limb absence, building on your experiences within earlier modules.
You will learn effective communication skills, ethical issues, professionalism and codes of conduct and relate these to health care practice within this module.
The Motion Analysis modules will foster your skills in the calculation of forces applied during prosthetic and orthotic management and the effect if they are altered. This module introduces and then develops your knowledge and skills in human movement analysis through the use of the human movement laboratory and classroom sessions.
The clinical training period is shared equally between prosthetics and orthotics each two weeks in duration. The placement training is undertaken at specially selected accredited clinical training facilities. These may be predominantly prosthetic or orthotic in nature, but most importantly will be undertaken in an interdisciplinary, multi-professional environment, and you will be shown the ethos of team working and the principle of holistic care.

Year 2

This module will introduce you to new levels of prosthetic management for lower limb prostheses and enable you to build upon the common threads that run through the prosthetic clinical practice introduced in year 1. You will gain a greater appreciation of key skills associated with patient assessment and develop your clinical skills including casting, cast modification and prosthetic fitting.
This module will introduce you to new areas of orthotic clinical practice as well as consolidating and expanding your orthotic knowledge from previous modules. You will also gain a greater appreciation of the effect of functional loss to the orthotic user.
As a prosthetist or orthotist you will require a good understanding of human anatomy and how the body functions and related diseases. This module will provide you with a basic understanding of the anatomy of the thigh, hip and spine and its relevance to prosthetic and orthotic practice. It will also provide you with a basic understanding of the endocrine and immune systems of human body, and their relevance to prosthetic and orthotic practice.
As a clinician you will naturally wish to examine the validity of how current treatment plans are progressed or perhaps you may wish to explore new and different orthotic and prosthetic solutions. This module is designed to acquaint you with research methods and analysis which may be applied to professional practice and the planning of their own research. It will also develop your critical awareness of research design, particularly when reading other research reports.
The content of this module will enable you to apply the theory from the previous 'Introduction to Motion Analysis' module to pathological gait. It will provide you with hands on experience of techniques used in biomechanical assessment. You will be introduced to methods of assessing gait in both clinical and research settings.
The placement period is shared equally between prosthetics and orthotics and is designed to introduce students to the more common clinical presentations requiring prosthetic and orthotic intervention. You will be exposed to clinical situations relevant to your prior learning and will actively engage in patient care. The placement will enable you to further develop their patient assessment and communication skills. The placement is located at end of the second semester in year two and extends into the summer period.

Year 3

This placement is located at the start of year 3. It encompasses the whole of the first semester and extends over the Christmas period. Once again the placement period is split equally between prosthetics and orthotics. During the final placement you are expected to be able to consolidate your learning from the previous placements, particularly the recent intermediate placement. You will be exposed to an ever expanding variety of case studies where you will continue to further develop your clinical skills. You will develop a greater understanding of the rehabilitation process and in particular develop your skills in presenting viable management plans including problem solving and prescription ideas. You will also be able to demonstrate your ability to competently execute the key clinical skills (casting, measurement, cast modification, prosthetic/orthotic fitting) necessary to fulfil the agreed prescription.
You will be introduced to rare sites of amputation surgery and unusual orthotic clinical case studies. You will also be exposed to new developments within prosthetics and orthotics and encouraged to extend your knowledge in these emerging technologies.
This module will enable you to reflect on the broader issues affecting health and social care, with a particular focus on prosthetics and orthotics. You will be introduced to support groups, user groups and a variety of professional organisations which have a significant impact on how prosthetic and orthotics services are delivered and progressed. The content of the module will continue to develop your appreciation of the importance of evidence based practice within the clinical environment.
For this module you will conduct an in-depth evidence-based study on a topic of your choice. This will give you the opportunity to plan and execute your own work and explore the links between research and practice. In so doing you will be better equipped to enter into a clinical setting and investigate areas of interest in a clear and objective manner.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Access to HE 60 credits, 45 at level 3, 30 at Distinction
GCSE Five, preferably all at grade B orhigher including English language, maths and science
UCAS tariff points 320 points
GCE A level Three A2s grades ABB including one from maths, physics or engineering
BTEC National Diploma DDM
Scottish Highers 320 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 320 points
International Baccalaureate 27 points from IB. Subjects

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.

Please note that you should discuss the possibility of being considered for the scheme with the Admissions Tutor before making an application.

Please contact the College of Health and Social Care to speak with the Admissions Tutor for this course: +44(0) 845 234 0184

Applicant profile

We are looking for bright, communicative, practical people who enjoy the prospect of clinical practical work and also the chance to help improve the lives of others within a rewarding and exciting career.

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical sessions
  • Problem-based learning
  • Clinical placements
  • Group discussion
  • Self directed study

Assessment

  • Practical work 17%
  • Essays 22%
  • Projects 4%
  • Written and Viva exams 35%
  • Clinical assessments and portfolios 22%

Employability

Career Prospects

Currently, career prospects are very good, with orthotists in particular being highly sought after. As a graduate, you can expect to be employed within a hospital or clinical facility within a junior position to begin, but with opportunities to become senior clinicians or perhaps enter into clinical management or specialism.

There is currently a worldwide shortage of prosthetists end orthotists so career prospects for this course are very good. You will be able to work within the NHS either for commercial orthotics and prosthetics companies contracted to the NHS or directly for the NHS. Other graduates have gone onto work abroad, in research or in private practice. Jobs are predominantly advertised through the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO).

Links with Industry

Most of our placements will involve working with both private companies and the NHS. Some companies offer the chance of specialist trips, accompanying other students and health care professionals to parts of Europe and gaining excellent experience and work skills in varying environments.

As a student you can become an associate member of the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO). On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council. You may also become a student member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) and become involved in professional issues on a global scale.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2014-15

Type of StudyFee
Full-timeIf you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursary (http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/page/otherfunding ) to help with living expenses
Full-time International£12,800

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Financial support for this course

 

Fees 2015-16

Type of StudyFee
Full-timeIf you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursary (http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/page/otherfunding ) to help with living expenses
Full-time International£13,050

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Financial support for this course

 

Facilities

Prosthetics and Orthotics Workshops and Labs

As this is a highly specialised profession, we aim to provide you with the latest tools and facilities that will enhance your personal development.

Students of prosthetics and orthotics are taught hands-on clinical practice while dealing with patients in our custom-designed clinic rooms.

Further practice is undertaken in our workshops which boast a well-equipped machine room with CADCAM facilities and the plaster room where impressions of patients' anatomy can be modified for the subsequent manufacture of custom-made prostheses or orthoses.

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to conduct motion analysis in one of three movement laboratories. Postgraduate students also carry out work on research towards their Master or Doctorate degrees.