The Orthopedic Technologist Program provides students with in-depth knowledge and skills necessary for immobilization, traction, casting, splinting, and assisting physicians with orthopedic care. Completion of this program will qualify you for employment as an Orthopedic Technologist and to sit for the Certification exam by the National Board of Certified Orthopaedic Technologists (NBCOT).
- Apply to Rio Hondo College
- Obtain a Rio Hondo College ID number.
- See a Counselor
- Meet the Reading and English Proficiency Requirement- Assess at or above Reading 043 and English 035 level (Proficiency- met through one of the following means: Multi-criteria approval from a counselor, -OR- passing appropriate assessment test or course at Rio Hondo College, -OR- have a 2 year or 4 year degree from a regionally accredited institution.) Click here for catalog information
- Complete Biology 125 (Human Anatomy) with a grade of C or better
- Complete Program Application – Application Period, June 3- June 28, 2019 for Fall 2019 start
Please submit your completed application to the Health Science and Nursing office. (S206)
Application and Selection Process
Follow these steps to ensure you have completed the application process thoroughly and accurately. Read the entire checklist to ensure completed process.
- Apply to Rio Hondo College to obtain Student Identification Number (ID). (NOTE: Applying online to Rio Hondo College serves as admission to the college, not as admission to the Orthopedic Technologist Program.)
- Submit Official Transcripts to Admissions and Records. All transcripts must be sent directly to Admissions and will ONLY be accepted when sent by colleges or educational institutions. (Contact Admission & Records to ensure receipt of your transcripts: 562-908-3415).
Rio Hondo College Admissions and Records address:
Rio Hondo College
Admissions and Records
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
- Transcripts from another country must be evaluated from a NACES approved agency and sent directed to Admissions and Records by the company. Click here for a list of Foreign Transcript Evaluation Agencies
- Submit Orthopedic Technologist Application to the Health Science and Nursing Division (S206), along with required documentation. (Applicants who submit incomplete applications or who are missing any required documents, will be automatically ineligible.)
SELECTION is based on the following:
1. Completion of all requirements at the time the application is submitted.
2. Anatomy course grade: Grades of A, then B, then C will be admitted, based on space availability.
3. Should there be more applicants than spaces available, applicants within the same grade range will be selected at random.
1. Provisionally selected applicants and alternates will be notified by mail and required to attend the first day of class.
2. Provisionally selected applicants that are not present on the first day of class will forfeit their place in the program and need to reapply for the following year. The space will be made available for the provisionally selected alternate that is present on the first day of class.
3. After admission to the program, students will be required to provide copies of the following no later than December 31:
- 2×2 color photo
- Official transcripts documenting previous college course completion
- Purchase and complete the Background Check and Drug testing (information provided on the first day of class)
- History and Physical (using the RHC HSN form)
- Current American Heart Association BLS certification,
- Proof of T-DAP and Influenza vaccines,
- Two-Step-Non-reactive TB Skin test -OR- Negative Chest X-ray if TB skin test is positive, and
- Titer levels for Varicella, Mumps, Measles, Rubella, & Hepatitis B.
Length of Program
Three Semesters: August – August (1 Calendar Year)
20 Units including prerequisites
Fall semester: 2 Evenings a week
Spring semester: 1 Evening a week and Saturday labs
Summer: Internship at assigned clinical facility
Human Anatomy (Bio 125)
Meet the RHC Reading and English Proficiencies
$46.00/Unit + Books/Supplies
Student Casting Supply Kit
Starting Salary: $17.00 – 18.00/hour
Experienced: $25.00 – 30.00/hour
For more information, contact the Health Science and Nursing Division at 562-908-3421.
This program was initiated by the California Community College Chancellor’ s Office Workforce & Economic Development Division to promote the advancement of California’s health care workforce through quality education and services; pursuant to grant #15-156-004, DSN Health awarded to Rio Hondo College.