Functional Description of Graduates

Job Description for Prosthetics and Orthotics Engineer/AL-Nahrain University


1-Patient Care

1- Participates as full or equal member of the clinic team; takes actively part in the examination and prescription; and designs the prosthetic/orthotic device, including the socket or body/device interface, suspension and selection of proper components.

2- Assists and advises on relevant aspects of pre-surgical, post-surgical, medical and therapeutic management of individuals requiring prosthetic/orthotic devices.

3- Records and reports any pertinent information regarding patients and patient families, including a determination of expectations and needs.

4- Supervises and directs the activities of individuals in Category-II (orthopaedic technologist) and Category-III (orthopaedic technician) in fitting and fabrication.

5- Identifies physical and other relevant characteristics that may affect the treatment of the patient.

6- Formulates prosthetic or orthotic designs, including selection of materials, components and assistive mobility devices .

7- Takes all casts and measurements that are necessary for proper fabrication and fitting.

8- Modifies positive and/or negative models and/or layout of design and/or digital images to obtain optimal fit and alignment.

9- Advises the team and participates directly in final check-out and evaluation of fit, function and cosmoses.

10- Instructs the patient or family in the use and care of the device.

11- Takes part in follow-up procedures as well as maintenance, repairs and replacement of the appliance.

12- Recognizes the need to repeat any of the identified steps in order to optimize fit and function.

13- Collaborates and consults with others engaged in the management of the patient.





2- Management and supervision

  • Supervises the activity of support staff as appropriate.

2- Manages clinical and laboratory/workshop activities assigned to him/her, including:

use and maintenance of tools and equipment  , maintenance of safe working environment and procedures   inventory and stock control , personnel matters , financial matters , appropriate record keeping , total quality management

3- Identifies and introduces improved job methods for increasing efficiency.

4- Interacts with professional groups and, where appropriate, governmental and non-governmental agencies.

5- Takes part in planning, development and implementation of technical orthopaedic care systems.

3- Training and education

1- Supervises and conducts the education and training of individuals in Category-I (prosthetists/orthotists), Category-II (orthopaedic technologists) and Category-III (technicians).

2- Critically evaluates new developments in prosthetics/orthotics for inclusion in a teaching syllabus..

3- Keeps up to date with new teaching techniques.

4- Community services

Makes a professional contribution to and takes part in community rehabilitation programs related to prosthetics/orthotics.

5- Research and development

1- Conducts continuing evaluation of his/her activities.

2- Develops and actively participates in formal evaluation and research programs.

3-Participates in scientific/professional meetings and contributes papers to scientific/professional journals.

6- Medical, legal and ethical requirements

1- Provides patient care within a recognized prosthetics/orthotics code of ethics.

2- Provides patient care which complies with medical/legal requirements.