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Qualification: Orthotist and prosthetist (no legal status)

Orthotist and prosthetist (no legal status)

Qualification Information

The student will be able to:
(general competences)

  • observe moral/ethical principles and values,
  • communicate information on the hygienic and technical state of the external and internal environment that affects human health; make suggestions and participate in the promotion of health,
  • communicate orally and in writing within own professional field,
  • communicate with professionals from own and other professions,
  • work in an interdisciplinary team,
  • undertake research in education and training in the orthotics and prosthetics field.
  • demonstrate knowledge of technical terminology,
  • make decisions autonomously,
  • demonstrate self-criticism and critical judgement,
  • arrive at professional conclusions,
  • acquire and manage information and assess it critically,
  • analyse, synthesise, manage and anticipate solutions and the consequences of events in the fields of rehabilitation, application, fabrication and social medicine activities,
  • integrate knowledge and understanding in a professional manner,
  • resolve problems in narrower and broader contexts (multidisciplinary team),
  • participate in research in own field,
  • integrate theory and practice, 
  • demonstrate knowledge of the scientific and theoretical foundations of the profession,
  • demonstrate the ability to learn independently,
  • use information and communication technologies in the O&P field,
  • demonstrate responsibility for own learning and awareness of the importance of lifelong learning,
  • demonstrate knowledge of the content and methods of O&P,
  • undertake autonomous work after conclusion of the programme,
  • obtain new knowledge in own field and monitor the development of the profession, 
  • communicate in a foreign language,
  • adapt to new situations,

(subject-specific competences)

  • understand the anatomical, physiological and pathological states of the locomotor system,
  • participate as a member of a clinical team; occupy a position in the inspection and prescription of a technical device and give advice on the implementation of an orthosis/prosthesis, application and rehabilitation,
  • provide assistance, observations and advice during appropriate inspections with regard to the preoperative, postoperative, medical and therapeutic management of an individual's needs in the case of prosthetic and orthopaedic devices,
  • record and report to the rehabilitation team or colleagues on information regarding the patient's condition and family and formulate an opinion with regard to expectations and needs,
  • communicate appropriately with the patient and the patient's family members,
  • recognise significant clinical characteristics of the patient,
  • formulate a prosthetic or orthotics design and select materials, components and technical devices,
  • take a negative and carry out the measurements necessary for the fabrication and application of a technical device,
  • modify the positive, the negative and the shape in order to ensure the optimal point of application and positioning of the orthosis/prosthesis,
  • demonstrate knowledge of biomechanics of an orthosis/prosthesis and its function,
  • carry out static and dynamic regulation; when necessary carry out preliminary training and the initial inspection,
  • fabrication or supervision of fabrication of orthosis/prosthesis,
  • provide advice in a team and participate as an equal member in the final inspection and evaluation of the functions of the device,
  • instruct the patient or his/her family members on the correct application, use and maintenance of the device,
  • participate in subsequent procedures and in the maintenance, repair and replacement of the technical device,
  • recognise the need to repeat any of the above procedures/functions for the optimisation, adaptation and improvement of function,
  • cooperate and consult with other colleagues involved in the patient's care and rehabilitation,
  • supervise the work of subordinates,
  • carry out assigned clinical and laboratory activities,
  • use and maintain devices and equipment,
  • maintain a safe working environment and procedures,
  • supervise inventory and stocks,
  • deal with staff problems,
  • manage and control finances,
  • store data suitably,
  • ensure quality,
  • purchase tools to increase productivity,
  • cooperate with professional groups and with governmental and non-governmental organisations,
  • participate in the planning and implementation of the healthcare system in the field of orthopaedic technology,
  • supervise and provide education,
  • give lectures and demonstrations to colleagues other professionals from the orthopaedic field and other interested groups,
  • take part in the process of professional development,
  • follow developments in the fields of orthotics and prosthetics,
  • make a professional contribution with own knowledge and participate in the rehabilitation programme community,
  • perform ongoing evaluation of own activities,
  • participate in evaluation and research programmes,
  • attend scientific/professional meetings, write and publish articles in professional journals. 

Reference Data

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University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Health Sciences

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  • Matura or
  • vocational matura, or
  • final examination (before 1 June 1995) for any four-year secondary school programme.

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Examination performance is scored as follows: 10 (excellent); 9 (very good: above-average knowledge but with some mistakes); 8 (very good: solid results); 7 (good); 6 (adequate: knowledge satisfies minimum criteria); 5–1 (inadequate). In order to pass an examination, the candidate must achieve a grade between adequate (6) and excellent (10). 

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Second-cycle master's study programmes (SQF level 8)

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To complete their studies, students must meet all requirements for all subjects in which they have enrolled, and pass a diploma examination.

NQF Level: 
7
Access requirements: 
  • Matura or
  • vocational matura, or
  • final examination (before 1 June 1995) for any four-year secondary school programme.
Ways to acquire: 

To complete their studies, students must meet all requirements for all subjects in which they have enrolled, and pass a diploma examination.