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Preview Meetings                                                                            

The next Orthopedic Technology Program Preview Meeting

date will be Tuesday, December 5th, from 6:00pm to 6:45pm 

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 619-644-7448 to reserve your seat. 


OT Program Description

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. 


Influenza update- posted 7/07/2016
For the 2016-2017 flu season, the Orthopedic Technology Program will no longer accept FLU MIST (nasal spray) per new Federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Students must have the influenza vaccination which is offered through Grossmont College Health Services or a physician's office.

Upon Entering the Orthopedic Technology Program                            

ALL Orthopedic Technology students will be required to complete a background check and urine drug screenTHIS 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.  

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: 11/06/2017


Sarah Aldous
Health Professions Specialist
Phone: (619) 644-7448
Fax: (619) 644-7961

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