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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

ORTHOTICS-PROSTHETICS PRACTITIONER

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ORTHOTICS-PROSTHETICS PRACTITIONER
306F
Category: Health Care

Definition

Assesses patient status and designs and modifies prosthetic and orthotic devices based on patient requirements.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general direction, works as a member of the rehabilitation team to assess and evaluate patient needs and design and modify prosthetic and orthotic devices.

Typical Work

Assesses patient needs applying knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology; synthesizes and reports assessment verbally and in writing;  

Designs and modifies prosthetic and orthotic devices to meet patient requirements; 

Performs fitting and fabrication techniques of prosthetic and orthotic devices; 

Provides patient and family education in the use and maintenance of prosthetic and orthotic devices; 

Directs the work of Orthotics/Prosthetics Technicians, students and volunteers; 

Participates in continuing education activities as required; 

Provides inservice presentations to staff and students; 

Maintains inventory and orders materials; 

Assists with development and implementation of clinical programs; participates in interdisciplinary planning;  

Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  common methods, practices and materials used in fabrication of orthoses, prostheses, and adaptive equipment; use and care of hand and power tools. 

Ability to:  interpret drawings and specifications; perform ordinary arithmetic; comprehend forms in space and understand relationships of plane and solid objects; work within precise tolerances; use hand and power tools with skill; work safely.

Legal Requirement(s)

Licensed by the state of Washington. 

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited Prosthetic-Orthotic Practitioner program

AND 

Eligible for certification by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics

OR 

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 1-3-73
Revise Title, Class, and MQ: 5-15-98
General revision. Revises title (formerly Orthotics-Prosthetics Practitioner), class code (formerly 6161), typical work, minimum qualifications; adds knowledge and abilities; effective July 1, 2007.

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