To find a list of schools that offer orthopedic technician programs, consult the National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists website, which has a list of 10 NAOT-recognized orthopedic technology programs in the United States, as of September 2015. While full programs are not offered online, some orthopedic technology core courses are, such as Health Care System Overview, Anatomy and Physiology, Interpersonal Communications and Patient Care, and Medical Terminology. A list of 10 popular schools offering online orthopedic courses is located on Study.com.
When searching for orthopedic technology programs, ensure that they meet certain minimum standards. For example, NAOT Recognized Programs must have at least 450 hours of combined classroom lectures and practical laboratory instruction and at least 200 hours of a clinical rotation or externship. In addition, those who complete an NAOT Recognized Program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists certification exam. Passing the exam allows graduates to waive the requirement of two years of full-time on-the-job training in orthopedics.
Taking online courses saves students money and is more convenient for those who are not located near a school offering orthopedic technician programs. Online courses in combination with on-campus courses and hands-on experience can prepare students to take the National Association of Orthopedic Technologists certification exam.