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Diploma Course in Orthopaedic Technology

The Diploma Course in Orthopaedic Technology was established in 1981 through joint co-operation and partnership between the Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT), the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), the Agency for Technical Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Germany. The course is intended to enrol students from Tanzania and other English speaking African countries as well as from other interested countries.

Entry qualifications and other requirements

The course has a capacity to admit a maximum of 15 students each year. To qualify for admission to the course, the applicants must possess an Ordinary Level Form IV Certificate or equivalent with at least three Credit passes in any of the following science subjects:

Engineering subjects offered at technical secondary school are also acceptable as a third credit.

1st year Diploma course: Mr. I. Majo demonstrating design of kafo following drawing

Other requirements

Age: 18 years and above

Sex: Both Male and Female candidates are eligible to join the course.

Health: Candidates must possess a medical certificate indicating that he/she is mentally and physically fit to undertake the course

Language: Medium of communication is English. Candidates must exhibit competence in written and spoken English

Certification: Successful candidates must present their original Birth Certificate, Secondary School Certificate and/or other relevant Certificates as a pre-requisite for admission to the course.

Photographs: Students should present (12) passport size photographs for their Resident Permit, Identity Card, Registration, Academic Transcript and Diploma.

Application dates: Applications should be submitted to the Principal, TATCOT by the 31st January of the year of entry.

Course description and objectives

1st year diploma course: Manufacturing of kafo following drawing

The Diploma Course in Orthopaedic Technology comprises theoretical, laboratory and clinical practice. The clinical practice includes the clinical examination and evaluation of individual patients in order to prescribe and deliver the appropriate prosthesis or orthosis to each individual patient. The broad objectives of the diploma course in Orthopaedic Technology are to provide the graduate with:

Course duration and subjects

The duration of the course for the Diploma in Orthopaedic Technology is three years commencing in October each year. The teaching year comprises 42 weeks of study with approximately 35 teaching hours in each week. During the course the student will undertake both theoretical subjects and practical and clinical training. The compulsory subjects are as follows:

Subject First year Second Year Third year Total
Anatomy  and
45.0 30.0 45.0 30.0     150.0
Technology 30.0 30.0 30.0 15.0     105.0
Biomechanics 60.0 45.0 60.0 60.0 45.0 60.0 330.0
Mechanics 30.0 30.0 30.0 15.0     105.0
Mathematics 30.0 30.0 30.0 30.0     120.0
Technical Drawing 60.0 75.0         135.0
General Health
30.0           30.0
General Mechanical
315.0 360.0         675.0
Pathology     15.0 30.0 45.0 30.0 120.0
Mechanical Operations     405.0 405.0     810.0
Functional Anatomy         30.0 30.0 60.0
Clinics         45.0 30.0 75.0
        30.0 15.0 45.0
Clinical Practice         360.0 540.0 900.0
Total 600.0 600.0 615.0 585.0 555.0 705.0 3660.0

During the third year of the course there is an opportunity for patient contact and clinical experience at KCMC Orthopaedic workshop which is situated adjacent to TATCOT. This consists of fully supervised and timetabled clinical experience with patients who have a range of medical conditions and disabilities requiring prosthetic and orthotic treatment.

The final year of the course also includes a supervised clinical attachment of 4 weeks in approved Orthopaedic Workshops. This clinical attachment is supervised by a fully qualified Orthopaedic Technologist, Prosthetist, Orthotist or Prosthetist/ Orthotist as is appropriate. A balanced and comprehensive programme as outlined by TATCOT is followed during this period of clinical attachment.


Exemption from attending a particular course of study may be granted subject to satisfying the necessary requirements. A request must be submitted to the relevant Academic Board. Candidates exempted this way will be credited for the course.

Course fees

The course fees should be paid in US$ or equivalent directly to the Bank and Account Number indicated on the letter of admission to the course. The yearly course fees should be paid in total before the beginning of the course, or in 2 installments by special arrangement. The course fees for foreign students in US$ are as follows:

1st Year
2nd Year
3rd Year
Tuition fee
Hostel rent
Resident permit

Medical care

The monthly allowances or stipend for students during the period of the course will depend on their parents or sponsoring agencies. However, it is suggested that the foreign student's monthly allowances should be sufficient to cover food, pocket money and other daily expenses.

The student will be required to deposit US$20 (non-Tanzanian) and T Shs 3,000 (Tanzanian) at the beginning of the course against the equipment issued at the beginning of the course. This deposit will be refunded at the end of the course upon return of the equipment.

There are accommodation possibilities in the campus and in Moshi, see our section "Facilities and Accommodation" on this Website.

Non-Tanzanian students should possess all the necessary travelling documents including a valid visa from the Tanzanian High Commissioner or Embassy in their respective countries and a valid passport for the duration of the course before departing to Tanzania. The return air ticket and other travelling costs have to be met by the sponsoring Institution or Agency.

Institutions or individual candidates interested to join the course should seek recommendations of sponsorship.

College Regulations Students are required to abide by the laid down regulations and By-laws of the College during their whole period of study. There are general and academic regulations as outlined by College. These regulations and By-laws will be given to the students on the date of reporting to the College.

Application form

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Information Flyer

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