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UNC Casting Workshop

The UNC Casting Workshop Series provides healthcare providers, clinical staff, and learners with practical skills related to the application and removal of casts in a state of the art facility on the main UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Each full-day session (8:00AM – 5:00PM, with a break for lunch) includes didactic learning and hands-on practicums.  This is primarily a hands-on learning experience, and learners will spend most of the time casting and practicing their skills. UNC has partnered with the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE). Using the AAOE extensive didactic library, learners will have access to didactic materials (for a discounted fee) that includes written manuals and videos to support learning. A discount code will be supplied to learners after registration. 


The casting workshops are beneficial for any clinical staff member or provider involved in the application or removal of casts including (but not limited to) certified medical assistants, orthopaedic technicians, nurses, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, advanced practice providers and physicians.

Workshop Curricula

The workshops cover the most commonly utilized splinting and casting techniques.  The workshops are divided into two courses: Basic Casting and Splinting, and Advanced Casting Techniques.  Learners will understand the properties of fiberglass and plaster, along with how to manage casting complications.

Basic Casting and Splinting

Upper Extremity

  • Splinting: Short arm, Thumb Spica
  • Casting: Short arm cast, Long arm cast, Thumb spica cast, Short arm cast removal

Lower Extremity

  • Splinting: Short leg splint
  • Casting: Short leg cast, Shot leg cast removal

Advanced Casting Techniques

Upper Extremity

  • Splinting: Sugar tong splint, Thumb spica splint
  • Casting: Munster, Boxer glove gauntlet cast, Patella Tendon Bearing (PTB), Focused-Rigid Casting (FRC)

Lower Extremity

  • Casting: Cylinder leg cast, Patella tendon bearing (PTB), Focused-rigid casting (FRC), Short leg cast with toe plate

Included Materials

Onsite programming includes:

    • Casting supplies and materials
    • Lunch
    • Parking
    • In-class education materials

Please note that the AAOE Program fee will cover supplemental educational materials.  After you register for the one-day session, you will receive an e-mail prompting you to sign up for the AAOE materials using a special code.


Ruth Byers OTC. Ruth has been providing patient care and education for more than 20 years. In her clinical practice, she specializes in advanced casting applications for pediatric limb deformities and has a passion for pediatric care. S

Contact Information

Mariah Williams – Administrative Assistant


Upcoming Dates

March 15, 2024

April 12, 2024

May 10, 2024



The cost for the workshop is $350 per attendee + $49 for AAOE Casting & Splinting Program.

Link here. Please use the code UNC when at checkout.


UNC Orthopaedics Skills Lab
Professional Office Building (POB)
170 Manning Drive, Suite B-134
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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We do not arrange for local accommodations if you are traveling from out of the area, but you can find a list of local hotels here [link]