Orthotics and Prosthetics

Program Facilities

The SFCC Orthotics-Prosthetics Program is housed in the recently constructed Technical Arts building. Students enjoy the use of a 9,000 square foot laboratory which is separated into specific fabrication areas surrounding a large central lab. The laboratory is designed to closely duplicate a large, state of the art orthotic-prosthetic facility.

Main Lab

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The 2800 square foot main lab provides ample room for each student to work and learn in a safe, well lit, pleasant environment. Each student has an individual workstation consisting of a rock maple work bench, appropriate vises and bending fixtures, and alignment equipment. Storage lockers are provided for fabrications and personal belongings. Computers are provided for access to learning materials.

Plaster Room

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The plaster room is a large, bright area giving the student the opportunity to create plaster forms called "positive models" over which many kinds of orthoses and nearly all prostheses are fabricated.

Metal Fabrication Room

Image of Metal Fabrication Room The metal fabrication room gives students the opportunity to learn to use power equipment for fabricating, modifying and finishing metal components. The room is large and has many pieces of equipment so many students can work without having to wait. The generous space between each piece of equipment allows students to work in safety.

Sanding Room

Image of Sanding Room The sanding room is equipped with modern machinery used to shape artificial limbs. The equipment is used to trim and polish plastics for braces and limbs.  It also cuts, bores and routs materials as necessary. In addition to normal shop equipment, there are six socket routers specifically built for the orthotics-prosthetics industry. There are at least two of each heavily used machine so there is seldom a wait. A high volume dust collector reduces particulates in the air for a healthier breathing environment.

Plastic Room

Image of Plastic Room The plastic room is used to fabricate limbs and braces from laminating resins and vacuum formed thermoplastics. Two large convection ovens and a modern infrared oven provide plenty of heat so that many students can work at once. There are ample vacuum stations for laminations and an excellent ventilation system to help control fumes from the plastic resins.

Sewing Room

Image of Sewing Room The sewing room is used to produce the many leather and fabric components that are used on limbs and braces. Belts, straps and suspension components used to secure appliances are custom made for the individual. This area is also used to perform shoe modifications for adaptation to orthotic components. It features large work tables to spread out leather and lay out large pieces of fabric.

CBE Lab 

Image of Competency Based Education Lab The Competency Based Education lab is a large student resource area for the use of all students in technical arts programs. Orthotics-Prosthetics students use this area to access video, slide, and CD learning resources as part of their learning activity packages. O and P students also use this area for quiz taking, testing and accessing the internet.

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