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What is an Orthopaedic Technologist?

There are three classifications of Orthopaedic Technologists in Canada.

Technician, Registered Orthopaedic Technologist, Advanced Technologist

Registered Orthopaedic Technologists assume responsibility for a number of health services, classified as delegated medical acts. They integrate these services into their scope of daily practice in the Fracture Clinic, Operating Room, Emergency Room and private practice and have developed a unique body of knowledge and practical skills pertaining to these delegated medical functions.


  • Basic understanding of anatomical structures and their relationship with one another
  • Ability to accurately describe orthopaedic conditions
  • Ability to apply and remove all types of casts, splints and orthopaedic devices under the direct supervision of a Registered Orthopaedic Technologist and/or Physician
  • Understanding of theory and application of skin and skeletal traction
  • Understanding of the proper application of aseptic technique in dressing change, pin and suture removal, setting up surgical fields
  • Instructs patients in the care of casts and orthopaedic devices


  • Has successfully completed the written, oral and practical examinations of The Canadian Society of Orthopaedic Technologists (CSOT)
  • Ability to apply, adjust and remove all common orthopaedic devices
  • Increased knowledge of theory and application of skin, skeletal and manual traction.
  • Increased knowledge of the proper application of aseptic technique in dressing change, removal of sutures, staples, pins and wires and setting up surgical fields
  • Ability to interpret common fractures and dislocations on X-ray film.
  • Ability to perform in an operating room environment.
  • Ability to supervise and train students and orthopaedic technicians.
  • Ability to apply specialty casts, ie., hinged casts and assist in special procedures such as advanced wound care and fracture reductions
  • Are able to work unsupervised
  • Can take verbal orders
  • Can preceptor students
  • Has a proven knowledge base, skills and expertise that will benefit the patient and the hospital they serve
  • Wider body of knowledge of anatomical structures and their relationship with one another, able to articulately describe orthopaedic conditions
  • Must continue their education to maintain their certification with the CSOT. This is mandatory to keep certification up to date. Continuing education units must be accumulated on an annual basis

About the association

Founded in 1972, the Canadian Society of Orthopaedic Technologists (CSOT), recognized the importance of identifying and credentialling competent Orthopaedic Technologists.

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