Orthopedic Specialty Technician


The Orthopedic Specialty Technician program is a Tri-Service consolidated program for Army, Navy, and Air Force. The program will develop Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen to become entry-level orthopedic technicians and allied health professionals who function under the supervision of orthopedic physicians and orthopedic physician assistants. These paraprofessionals will be uniquely focused on care and treatment to orthopedic patients. Orthopedic technicians will properly fit and apply both pre- and post-operative braces, crutches and other soft goods; utilize proper safety precautions while changing dressings and removing sutures; utilize proper technique to apply, remove, and modify casts and splints; assist with procedures including wound care, aspirations, minor surgical procedures, fracture reductions, prepare injections sites and draw medications; apply traction and orthopedic appliances on patients; and instruct patients in cast and splints. Soldiers will PCS and Sailors will continue with clinical training to further refine their skills inside a military or civilian treatment facility. Airmen will continue on to their duty station for 12 months of on-the-job training.


 US Air Force
AFSC: Orthopedic Surgical Services Apprentice
Program Length: 243 hours
Iterations per year: 5

 US Army
MOS: Orthopedic Specialist
Program Length: 339 hours
Iterations per year: 5

 US Navy
NEC: Orthopedic Technician
Program Length: 480 hours
Iterations per year: 5

School Code 083

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The Orthopedic Specialty Technician program prepares service members to function as entry-level orthopedic technicians in fixed and deployable medical facilities, with the ability to assist physicians and physician assistants in performing invasive and non-invasive orthopedic procedures.

Students will have the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate information relevant to the role of the entry-level orthopedic technicians. The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step. This is a consolidated program with three military services that has a two phase, field of study schedule. Resident training is first conducted at the METC and then the student transitions to clinical training that is conducted at military and/or civilian medical treatment facilities (MTF).

Upon initial entry to METC, students are provided formal education and training that develops them into entry-level Orthopedic Specialists/Technicians and allied health professionals who function under the supervision of Orthopedic Physicians and Orthopedic Physician Assistants. These paraprofessionals will be specifically focused on care and treatment to orthopedic patients.

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