Prosthetists and orthotists analyse individuals’ need of and provide externally applied devices used to compensate for impairments of the structure and function of the neuromuscular and skeletal systems. This requires combining medical, biomechanical and engineering knowledge and skills, in interaction with the device user and other health professions.
The programme integrates these fields with evidencebased practice to increase quality of life for people. The students will integrate and apply theory and practical exercises in the student clinic on campus, along with clinical internships and a major thesis project.
The Prosthetics and Orthotics Bachelor programme has been accredited by the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) at the Prosthetist/Orthotist level. The accreditation is an international recognition of the quality, scope and organisation of the programme. Students will benefit from the accreditation whereas graduates of the programme can apply to ISPO for an individual ISPO recognition certificate. The certificate facilitates recruitment for work abroad.
The School of Health and Welfare at Jönköping University is the only institution in Sweden to offer the Prosthetics and Orthotics Bachelor programme, which also leads to a licence to practice. Since 2018, the programme has been offered in English and accepts students from all over the world. Currently, about 100 students from around 10 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia are studying in the programme.
The major includes work-based education and as a student you have access to a study place within the Nordic region. The purpose of the work-based education is for you as a student to apply your theoretical knowledge in practice.
Prosthetics and Orthotics has partner universities in different parts of the world that can offer exchanges to varying degrees. When opportunities arise, students are offered to apply.
An orthopedic engineer works with patient examination, specification, measurement, casting, manufacturing, adaptation and testing of orthopedic technical aids, such as prostheses. Since each patient has their own conditions, it is the task of the orthopedic engineer to develop technical solutions with regard to the individual's conditions and needs. The profession includes handling of thermosets *.
* In accordance with the Swedish Work Environment Authority's Regulation AFS 2005: 6.
Facts and requirements
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Total tuition fee: 480000 SEK
Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students
Compulsory lung function testing
The study programme includes the handling of thermoset plastics which is regulated by the provisions of the Swedish Work Environment Authority, AFS 2019:3. For this reason, the School of Health and Welfare organises compulsory lung function testing by a specialist clinic, as part of an employment suitability assessment, which takes place at the start of the programme of studies. An approved employment suitability assessment is a requirement for the continuation of studies.
NB Preliminary list of courses.
Models and Perspectives on Health and Disability 7.5 credits
Prosthetics and Orthotics, Introduction 7.5 credits
Anatomy and Physiology, basic course 7.5 credits
Mechanics related to Prosthetics and Orthotics 7.5 credits
Applied Materials Technology 7.5 credits
Pathophysiology related to Prosthetics and Orthotics 7.5 credits
Prosthetic Management and Biomechanics of the Lower Limb I 15 credits
Orthotic Management and Biomechanics I 15 credits
Prosthetic and Orthotic Management of the Upper Limb 7.5 credits
Psychology, basic course 7.5 credits
Prosthetic Management and Biomechanics of the Lower Limb II 7.5 credits
Scientific Methods and Statistics 7.5 credits
Prosthetic and Orthotic Management of the Foot 15 credits
Orthotic Management and Biomechanics II 7.5 credits
Prosthetics and Orthotics, Clinical Placement Studies 15 credits
Elective course related to Prosthetics and Orthotics 7.5 credits
Evidence Based Practice and Knowledge Translation in Prosthetics and Orthotics 7.5 credits
Prosthetic and Orthotic Management in Paediatrics 7.5 credits
Prosthetic and Orthotics, Independent Research Project 15 credits