Orthotist - Staff
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - Grand Rapids, MI

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A Certified Orthotist CO is a healthcare professional who is specifically educated and trained to manage comprehensive orthotic patient care. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management.

Essential Job Qualifications (Knowledge, Education, and Training Requirements):
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills with, Cranial, Spinal, upper and lower limb orthotics, for pediatric and geriatric patients
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Orthotics and Prosthetics for a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program OR a Bachelor’s degree or higher in any major along with a post-graduate Orthotics and Prosthetic certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program
  • Certification by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (CO) or Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOCO)
  • Physical Demands:
    • The physical ability to lift, position, and transport patients
    • The ability to frequently sit, stand, walk, bend, kneel, twist, crawl, grasp, reach, and occasionally climb
    • The ability to hear, speak, write and see (correctable vision)
    • The ability to frequently lift up to 75 pounds, and occasionally lift in excess of 75 pounds
    • The ability to occasionally push, pull, or carry weight anywhere from 1 to 100+ pounds while assisting patients and moving equipment
    • The ability to exert up to 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, 10-20 pounds of force frequently, and exert up to 10 pounds of force constantly