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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 or in small group settings at your facility. 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.


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, Long arm, Radial gutter splint, Ulna gutter splint, Sugar tong splint
  • Casting: Short arm cast, Long arm cast, Thumb spica cast, Ulna gutter cast, Short arm cast removal

Lower Extremity

  • Splinting: Short leg splint, Long leg splint, U-Splint, Hybrid splinting
  • Casting: Short leg cast, Long leg walking 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


UNC has partnered with the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE) to offer certification in casting techniques. 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. Learners can become certified in the techniques that they learn in the workshop by demonstrating competence to a proctor. A discount code will be supplied to learners after registration. 


Training is provided by 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. She is the lead orthopedic technician for the University of North Carolina, Department of Orthopedics. She is actively involved in mentoring and training clinical staff at the university and in the community at large, and has co-authored academic journals articles. She regularly teaches residents, fellows, medical students, clinical staff,  MDs, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other healthcare learners. She is a certified instructor with the National Association of Orthopedic Technologists.

Private Group Training

We are available to provide onsite casting training at your facility in a small group setting. The cost for an onsite training is $3,000 per eight hour session plus instructor travel costs. The facility must supply equipment and casting supplies. A maximum of 10 learners will be accommodated per session. Please contact us directly to arrange an onsite visit to your facility.

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Registration Information

Due to COVID-19, workshops will not take place until UNC’s campus resumes on-campus learning activities.  This webpage will be updated when available dates become available.

Not Currently Taking Registrations


The cost for the workshop per attendee is $350 per one-day session + $49 for AAOE Certification Program (payable separately)

  • The cost includes:
    • Casting supplies and materials
    • Lunch
    • Parking
    • In-class education materials
    • Certificate of completion
  • Please note that the AAOE Certification 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.

The workshops will be held at the UNC Orthopaedic Skills Lab on the UNC-Chapel Hill main campus.
     UNC Orthopaedics Skills Lab
     Professional Office Building (POB)
     170 Manning Drive, Suite B-134
     Chapel Hill, NC 27599
     (click here Google Map directions)

We do not arrange for local accommodations if you are travelling from out of the area, but you can find a list of local hotels here [link]