a technician evaluates a leg cast on a patient


Melissa Oakley Ockert
Tech (Building 9), room 101B
919-536-7233, ext. 8127

Admissions Questions

Dorothy Yates
Admissions Counselor
Wynn (Building 10), room 201
919-536-7200, ext. 1804

* This program is financial aid eligible.

Orthopaedic Technology Certificate

Short Term

The Orthopaedic Technology program prepares individuals for employment in clinical and surgical settings assisting the orthopaedic team. Students completing the curriculum will be eligible to sit for the Orthopedic Technology certification examination.

Students will become proficient in plaster and synthetic casting techniques and applications, removing casts properly applying traction, detect deficiencies in the procedure and supplies, make indicated adjustments for casts, and assist the orthopaedic surgeon in the OR.

The program is offered in a hybrid format meaning that classes are offered in a combination of online and seated formats. Lab hours are held in person and are scheduled in the evening to accommodate working students. Clinical hours will be held during the day to align with Orthopaedic working hours.

Employment opportunities are available in a variety of clinical settings including orthopaedic clinics, hospitals, independent surgical centers, and ambulatory care settings.

How to Apply

Apply to the College

New students who are not currently enrolled at Durham Tech should apply to the College using the Health Tech Students then Steps to Apply.

Apply to the Program

Apply to the Orthopaedic Technology program using the program application form.

Submit program applications electronically to Admissions, Registration, and Records (not Health and Wellness). Drop off locations are also listed on the Electronic Document Submission webpage

Estimated Tuition and Fees



Orange County Campus

Credit Hours


First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
OTC-210 Orthopaedic Equipment 3
OTC-215 Casting and Splinting I 3
OTC-220 Custom Bracing 3

Suggested Paths

Short Term

(12 months or less)

Long Term

(More than 12 months)

University Transfer