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Our Orthopedic Technology Program Preview Meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 6:00pm - 6:30pm on the following dates:

May 25, 2016
July 6, 2016

 Program Preview Meetings are held in the Health & Science Complex, building 34- room 135.  If you would like to come and find out more about the Orthopedic Technology profession and program, please contact or call 619-644-7550 to reserve your seat.

Grossmont College's Orthopedic Technology program is the first in the country to be awarded NAOT-Recognized status by the National Association of Orthopedic Technologists. Students who graduate from an NAOT-Recognized program are immediately eligible to take the NBCOT certification examination.

Orthopedic Technologists are allied health professionals who assist Orthopedic Surgeons in the treatment of patients in a variety of healthcare environments. They are employed in hospitals, clinics, and private practice offices.

Orthopedic Technologists apply, adjust, and remove casts, splints, and braces. They also set up, adjust, and maintain traction configurations, assist with the care of acutely injured patients, and assist the physician in the reduction and/or manipulation of orthopedic injuries.

The one-year program is designed to provide Orthopedic Technology graduates with lifetime professional skills in a rapidly expanding healthcare field.


 Orthopedic Technology has a prerequisite that must be completed prior to submitting an application: Successful completion of BIO 140 (Human Anatomy)or BIO 144 (Anatomy & Physiology I) or equivalent.

Effective November 01, 2013 (posted 3/28/2013)

Students wishing to apply to the Orthopedic Technology Program must provide proof of the following immunizations and /or tests at time of application;

  1. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)- series of 2 vaccinations or seropositivity

  2. Hepatitis B - series of 3 vaccinations and HBsAb Quantitative blood test for
    A negative (non-immune) seropositivity test result must include a booster or repeat of series, and a re-test for seropositivity 30 days following the booster. ( Students are not eligible to decline without a physician's statement documenting an adverse reaction to HepB or a statement from their pastor indicating refusal for religious reasons)

  3. Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria Acellular Pertussis) -  within 10 years of applying

  4. Varicella - series of 2 vaccinations or seropositivity.

Upon Entering the Orthopedic Technology Program

ALL Orthopedic Technology students will be required to complete a background check and urine drug screen. THIS IS A HOSPITAL/HEALTH CARE AGENCY REQUIREMENT.

The day of your urine drug test, DO NOT drink more than 8 oz. of any liquid. If you drink an excessive amount of liquid prior to conducting your urine drug screen, the results will be diluted and / or altered and therefore incomplete. If your drug screen results come back dilute, you will not be able to be placed in clinical settings therefore, you will be ineligible to enter the Orthopedic Technology Program.

Any prior conviction of a misdemeanor or felony may influence eligibility for licensure as a Orthopedic Technologist. A flagged background check or drug screen may also prohibit entrance and / or participation in the Orthopedic Technology Program. Applicants with prior convictions are required to contact the Dean of Allied Health and Nursing for confidential advisement and planning prior to applying to the program.

If you feel that you might not be eligible for licensure due to a prior arrest or conviction, please contact the Grossmont College Allied Health and Nursing Department to speak with the Dean. To make an appointment with the Dean, please call (619) 644-7149 to discuss your options.

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Effective January 01, 2012

If you are enrolled or have accepted a seat into any other Grossmont College Health Professions Program, you will be ineligible to receive an invitation to the Orthopedic Technology Program . Students wishing to apply to the Orthopedic Technology Program must apply for an entry date which does not conflict with the completion of the Health Professions Program you are currently enrolled in.

"All communication between the program office and the student is by email. All emails sent to students on the waitlist and currently in the program are sent with a delivery and read receipt. If you chose not to check the read receipt, the program is not responsible if the student states that they did not receive the email".


Last Updated: 04/26/2016


Kristin Stafford- Interim
Health Professions Specialist
Phone: 619-644-7303

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