32129 – Other medical technologists and technicians


32129 – Other medical technologists and technicians
Other medical technologists and technicians include medical technologists and technicians, such as dietary technicians, ocularists, prosthetists, orthotists, prosthetic technicians and orthotic technicians. Dietary technicians are employed in health care and commercial food service establishments such as hospitals, extended care facilities, nursing homes, schools, cafeterias and fast food outlets. Ocularists are employed in custom ocular prosthetic laboratories, or they may be self-employed. Prosthetists, orthotists and prosthetic and orthotic technicians are employed in hospitals, clinics, prosthetics and orthotics laboratories, and prosthetic device manufacturing companies. Prosthetists and orthotists may also be self-employed.


Index of titles
Aeromedical instructor
Aeromedical technician
Aeromedicine technician
Apprentice ocularist
Artificial eye maker
Artificial limb assembler
Artificial limb finisher
Artificial limb maker
Aviation medicine technician
Brace maker
Certified orthotist (CO)
Certified pedorthist (C Ped)
Certified prosthetist
Certified prosthetist-orthotist (CPO)
Dialysis technician
Dialysis technologist
Dietary technician
Dietary technologist
Food and nutrition technician - dietetics
Hemodialysis technician
Hemodialysis technologist
Kidney dialysis technician
Kidney dialysis technologist
Ocular prosthetist
Ocularist technician
Orthopedic appliance assembler
Orthopedic mechanic
Orthotic technician
Prosthetic aide
Prosthetic assistant
Prosthetic technician
Prosthetic-orthotic technician
Prosthetist assistant
Registered orthotic technician (R.T.O.)
Registered prosthetic and orthotic technician (R.T.P.O.)
Registered prosthetic technician (R.T.P.)
Surgical appliance fitter
Surgical fitter


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Dietary technicians
Assist dietitians or nutritionists to plan and supervise food service operations
Plan menus and diet for individuals or groups under the direction of a dietitian or nutritionist
Assist in the supervision of personnel who prepare and serve food
Help patients select menu items
Assist dietitians with research in food, nutrition and food service systems.

Design, fabricate and fit ocular prostheses and conformers, and may design and fabricate implants
Paint the iris and pupil of artificial eyes
Clean and restore ocular prostheses
Advise patients concerning the loss of depth perception and the care and use of ocular prostheses
Repair and maintain fabrication and laboratory equipment
Consult with ophthalmologists concerning insertion of ocular prostheses.

Prosthetists and orthotists
Design, fabricate and fit prosthetic and orthotic appliances such as artificial limbs, braces or supports
Interpret physicians' specifications and examine and measure patients to develop working sketches of appliances
Make and modify plaster casts of areas to receive prostheses or orthoses
Fit, adjust and repair appliances
Advise patients in the use and care of prostheses and orthoses
Supervise and direct the activities of prosthetic and orthotic technicians.

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians
Assemble or build prosthetic and orthotic appliances according to drawings, measurements and plaster casts using a variety of materials such as metals, plastics and leathers
Repair, rebuild and modify prosthetic and orthotic appliances or orthopaedic footwear
May take the body or limb measurements of patients.


Employment requirements
Dietary technicians require completion of a two- to three-year college program in dietary technology and supervised practical training.
Ocularists require completion of the education program of the American Society of Ocularists and supervised practical training or a five-year supervised practical training program under a certified ocularist.
Certification by the National Examining Board of Ocularists is usually required.
Prosthetists and orthotists require a two-year college program in prosthetics and orthotics technology and three years of supervised practical training.
Certification by the Canadian Board of Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CBCPO) may be required.
Prosthetic and orthotic technicians usually require a two- to three- year college program in prosthetics and orthotics and one to two years of supervised practical training or completion of secondary school and up to four years of supervised practical training under a certified prosthetist or orthotist.
Registration with the Canadian Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CAPO) may be required.


Additional information
Prosthetic and orthotic technicians may become certified prosthetists or orthotists with an additional two years of experience as a registered prosthetic or orthotic technician and completion of certification examinations by the Canadian Board of Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists.


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