1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Orthopaedics techniques

Degree programme

Programme type 1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8483
Degree Programme Class L/SNT3 - Technical Health Professions
Years in which the programme is being held I, II, III
Type of access Restricted access
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Stefano Zaffagnini
Language Italian

Programme profile

Within the orthopaedics profession, graduates are healthcare workers with duties attributed by decree of the Ministry of Health no. 665 of 14 September 1994 and amendments; they work on the basis of medical prescriptions and subsequent testing to build and/or fit, apply and supply prostheses, ortheses, substitute and corrective aids and supports for the locomotor system (both functional and aesthetic, mechanical or using external or mixed body and external energy), working with measurements and models directly with the patient. As part of their responsibilities, graduates in orthopaedic techniques will train the disabled in the use of fitted prosthesis and orthesis; in collaboration with the doctors, they will provide technical assistance for the supply, replacement and repair of the fitted prosthesis and orthesis; they will collaborate with other professional figures in multidisciplinary rehabilitation programmes; they are responsible for the organisation, planning and quality of their professional activities; they will work in public or private facilities as employees or on a freelance basis.

The specific learning outcomes of the programme include 30 CFU allocated to MED/50 as part of the orthopaedic sciences and techniques subject field and 60 CFU to the internship activities, which are differentiated for each specific profile.


Year 1

Provides essential knowledge of physics, mathematics, biology, biomedical sciences as well as the fundamentals of technical, orthopaedic and psychological sciences which are the foundations of the professional discipline and methodology, and basic requirements for tackling the first internship experiences which aim to orient students towards learning the professional code of conduct and acquiring basic competencies.

Year 2

Provides knowledge of medical pathologies for the construction of orthopaedic supports and to apply theoretical knowledge to technical orthopaedic practice.

Year 3

Further specialist studies aim to develop knowledge of professional methods offering the best possible functionality and well-being for the patient. Students also study the laws governing the orthopaedic technician profession.

To ensure the best possible specific vocational training, credits are allocated to the internship activities, which increase progressively from year 1 to year 3.

At the end of the three-year programme, graduates will have acquired the theoretical knowledge and technical and practical skills to embark immediately on careers with public and private facilities both as an employee and on a freelance basis; they will also have developed the necessary learning skills to continue onto further specialist studies.

Access to further study

It gives access to second cycle studies (laurea specialistica / magistrale) and master university of first level

Career opportunities

This content is not currently available.