How to become a prosthetist: Becky's story

Meet Becky, 21, to find out more about life as a prosthetist. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"I make a real big difference to people's lives, which is really fulfilling."

Prostheses are artificial devices which replace a missing body part.
Orthoses are braces that help to aid or support a limb to function.

  • Becky helps to fit prostheses and orthoses. She then works with her patients to help them to use their new body part or brace effectively

  • Becky is studying a vocational degree. The course is very practical – it involves making the prostheses, as well as fitting them

  • Maths and Physics are important in her work, but people skills are also very important as she works with a variety of different patients and needs to be friendly and understanding.

What to expect if you want to be a prosthetist/orthotist

  • Average salary: from £24,907 to £44,503 per year (Band 5-Band 7)

  • Typical working hours: 39 to 41 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a prosthetist/orthotist?

  • Typical entry requirements:

    • You can do a three or four year university degree to become a prosthetist or an orthotist. It's important the course is approved by the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists and the Health and Care Professions Council. Entry requirements for university are usually three A-levels (or equivalent) including Maths and either Biology, Physics or Chemistry.

    • Alternatively, you could do a prosthetic and orthotic technician advanced apprenticeship or prosthetist and orthotist degree apprenticeship or a college course like a T-level for prosthetic and orthotic technicians. Click to read more about T-levels.

    • A technician apprenticeship or college course will give you the skills and knowledge to apply for technician-level posts. It may be possible to move on from a technician level role to do a degree or degree apprenticeship to become a prosthetist or orthotist.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service).

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