Fits patients for external breast prostheses and provides other postmastectomy products and services.
- High school diploma, GED, or college degree
- Pre-certification education course
- 500 hours of patient care
- Certification exam
A mastectomy fitter fits and delivers external breast prostheses, custom breast prostheses, mastectomy garments, lymphedema garments, and other breast care products to treat physiological asymmetry as a result of mastectomy, trauma, or congenital defect. Mastectomy fitters work directly with patients to assess their needs, formulate a treatment plan, and provide follow-up care to ensure successful outcomes. They may work in settings such as retail outlets, patient care facilities, mastectomy boutiques, and cancer care centers.
A career as a mastectomy fitter
As an aspiring mastectomy fitter, you must have a high school diploma, GED, or college degree. You must then complete both a mastectomy fitter pre-certification education course and 500 hours of mastectomy fitting patient care. You can decide which of these requirements you would like to fulfill first.
To obtain certification as a mastectomy fitter, you will have to pass exams from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC), the Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC), or both. To learn more about the requirements for certification, please visit the ABC website or the BOC website.