Department of Sport, Rehabilitation and Dental Sciences
Studies at the Department of Sport, Rehabilitation and Dental Sciences of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) extend well beyond the traditional classroom setting. We are committed to educating the next generation of health and rehabilitation professionals who will help others reach their full potential and we are substantially engaged in academic teaching, research, technology and rigorous clinical training.
We are actively involved in community outreach projects and work with the two neighbouring orthotics and prosthetic centres at the Steve Biko and Dr George Mukhari hospitals, sponsoring their patients with orthotic and prosthetic devices. Our close working relationship with the two hospitals and our lab facilities at TUT mean that our students have unique opportunities to learn, grow and contribute to the rehabilitation of patients.
Whatever your goal is, we promise you the challenge and satisfaction of earning a qualification that places you at the forefront of your chosen field.
Medical orthotist and prosthetists
A medical orthotist and prosthetist works directly with patients in the specialised field of orthopaedic rehabilitation in cooperation with other members of the multidisciplinary team by assessing, measuring, designing, manufacturing, maintaining and fitting orthoses and prostheses to assist with the rehabilitation of physically impaired patients.
The National Diploma: Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics serves as the basic qualification to practise in South Africa. The degree B Tech: Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics as well as future master’s degrees and doctorates will provide the candidates with ample opportunity for research and development.
At the orthotics and prosthetics centres students gain extensive exposure to the latest technology and materials while an entrepreneurial way of thinking is encouraged and developed.
Why should I study to become a medical orthotist and prosthetist?
Qualified medical orthotists and prosthetists work in a profession where they are in high demand and get a lot of job satisfaction. TUT’s qualification is recognised internationally, the remuneration is excellent, it is a specialised field of practice, and there are opportunities for research and development and scope for personal development.
Where will I be studying?
You will be studying at the Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics laboratories of TUT, a tertiary institution in Africa that is accredited to award postgraduate qualifications. TUT places students at different centres throughout South Africa for each experiential learning cycle.