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Orthotists and Prosthetists
If you are interested in becoming an orthotist or a prosthetist, take high school courses that are college preparatory. Mathematics classes such as algebra and geometry will be useful. Also of importance are biology, physics, and chemistry classes. These classes will familiarize you with basic anatomy and the properties of various materials. Computer science courses will prepare you to use computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing technology for making mechanical drawings and blueprints. Shop classes or sculpture classes that teach you how to work with metal, plastic, or wood will familiarize you with the materials and processes the orthotist or prosthetist uses in creating braces or artificial limbs.