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Washington University of St. Louis Orthopedic Technician II - Orthopaedic Surgery - 50187 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. This position is for the Medical School Campus. Local travel to satellite office will be necessary.

Essential Functions


Position functions as an assistant to physician’s and staff in the application, maintenance, and removal of splints, casts, traction and other orthopaedic medical devices. Also monitors and orders casting and other medical appliances, including instruments. Clean instruments and cast rooms as per Environmental Health and Safety regulations. Assists with orthopedic technician training and scheduling of personnel.


  1. Performs splinting, casting, and application of traction under the direction of an orthopedic physician or resident.
  2. Applies, adjusts, measures, and educates patients on medical appliances and equipment.
  3. Removes casts with care.
  4. Performs direct and indirect patient care activities within the scope of practice of an orthopedic technologist, i.e. assisting with dressing changes, suture and staple removal, etc.
  5. Documents the care administered into electronic medical records.
  6. Orders and maintains all clinical supplies.
  7. Maintains a professional demeanor and strict confidentiality as per HIPAA regulations.
  8. Obtains x-rays, prepares exam rooms and monitors physician schedules as necessary.

Other Functions:

  1. Assists the Medical Assistants in clinical areas, by preparing charts, x-rays and exam rooms when necessary.
  2. Adjusts canes, walkers, crutches, and provides ambulation instructions.
  3. Performs follow-up patient calls when-needed.
  4. Performs pre-surgical education on some medical appliances and equipment.
  5. Assists in the training of other orthopedic technicians.
  6. Assists with coordinating schedules to support the clinic and patient care.
  7. Enters medical equipment appointments.
  8. Reviews clinic paperwork for accuracy.
  9. Performs other tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent high school certification and related work experience or training as an Orthopaedic Technologist, Medical Assistant, Cast Technician or Certified Athletic Trainer.

Preferred Qualifications

  • One to two years of casting experience is highly recommended and a minimum of one years of orthopedic experience.
  • Communication skills with the ability to work with physicians, patients and support staff.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and telephone skills.
  • Familiar with keyboard to document care given.
  • Strong knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
  • Ability to lead a team and communicate policies and procedures.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $15.85 - $19.43 per hour.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Department Summary

Whether suffering from a sports injury, hip pain, back pain or any musculoskeletal condition, Washington University Orthopedics provides a full complement of comprehensive orthopedic services to meet the needs of every patient. Combining the best in both inpatient treatment and outpatient care and rehabilitation, the practice is nationally recognized for outstanding orthopedic care, innovative research and advanced professional training. It is ranked among the best orthopedic practices and holds the distinction of being listed on the Honor Roll by U.S. News & World Report. The practice is considered an innovator in both conservative orthopedic care and minimally invasive microsurgical techniques. Affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University Orthopedics has the unique ability to offer inpatient treatment for the most challenging cases within a top-tier academic medical center as well as outpatient surgery and care across the St. Louis region in Chesterfield, Town & Country, South County and the Central West End. The practice offers expertise in ten orthopedic subspecialties – foot and ankle, hand and wrist, hip and knee, cancer, pediatric and adolescent orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry), shoulder and elbow, spine (including scoliosis), sports medicine and fracture care/trauma. The orthopedic specialists are dedicated to providing safe, compassionate and family-centered care for both simple and complex orthopedic conditions. Because of the skill and experience of the doctors and staff, it is the official medical provider for the St. Louis Blues hockey team, Washington University varsity athletics and several local school athletic teams. Washington University Orthopedics brings world-class care to patients from all ages and walks of life in St. Louis and the surrounding communities.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

Applicant Special Instructions


  • Clinical office setting with some pressure caused by adherence to patient/physician schedule.
  • Lifting patients and equipment is a regular part of the job.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Orthopedic Technician II - Orthopaedic Surgery - 50187

Job ID: 50187

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular