Entry requirements and training (prosthetist/orthotist)

This page has information on the entry requirements and training needed to become a prosthetist or an orthotist.

To practise as a prosthetist or an orthotist, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). To register with the HCPC, you first need to successfully complete an approved degree (BSc) in prosthetics and orthotics. Two universities in the UK offer courses which take three or four years.

Orthotist checking shoes and insoles

To get onto a degree course in orthotics and prosthetics you need

or alternative qualifications, including

Once you’ve successfully completed a programme approved by the HCPC, you are then eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC. Once registered as a practitioner, you can choose to specialise either as a prosthetist or an orthotist. You'll be required to retain your name on the register by keeping your knowledge and skills up to date through continuing professional development (CPD) and paying an annual retention fee.

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