If you're looking for a career with a difference, you might want to consider becoming a Clinical Prosthetist. The craft of prosthetics is the evaluation, fabrication and custom fitting of artificial limbs or (more correctly) prostheses. The profession uniquely combines art with science and is rewarding because of the personal satisfaction that comes with improving the patient’s quality of life.
What you will do
Clinical Prosthetists are part of the clinical team that provides rehabilitation services for patients.
They are responsible for:
- taking measurements and casts of the patient's residual limb
- designing the artificial limb to best suit the patient’s needs
- selecting components; and
- fitting the specially-made limb.
Skills and knowledge
It takes more than an education to be a good Prosthetist. Other qualities include:
- practical ability such as manual dexterity and the creativity of a craftsman
- a commitment to continuing professional development where technology and techniques are constantly evolving
- empathy and understanding of a patient's needs and challenges
- background knowledge of anatomy and physiology to know how the prosthesis will fit the patient's residual limb and best meet their needs
- an understanding of mechanics and engineering for fabrication of the prosthesis
There are currently no prosthetics courses available in New Zealand.
A range of scholarships are available for international students.
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