The Orthotics & Prosthetics program is committed to creating an environment of belonging, well-being and respect while challenging students of orthotics and prosthetics to seek excellence through interprofessional education and evidence-based research and practice.
Developing and nurturing orthotic-prosthetic student leaders who are: inquisitive, welcoming, engaging and competent problem-solvers who have a passion for person-centered care while leading change in the profession of orthotics and prosthetics.
At the successful completion of the Salus MSOP Program, students will effectively demonstrate competence in the following eleven content areas as directed by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE):
- Exemplify the role of the orthotist/prosthetist in providing ethical, patient-centered care by applying accepted professional responsibilities in clinical practice experiences.
- Practice safety of self and others, and adhere to safety procedures throughout the provision of orthotic/prosthetic services.
- Demonstrate appropriate insight into clinical practice, clinical operations and practice management.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the humanity and dignity of all patients and related individuals within a diverse and multicultural society.
- Comprehend and demonstrate knowledge of the collaborative role of the orthotist/prosthetist as a member of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team in providing patient-centered care.
- Demonstrate the ability to employ evidence-based practice with an understanding of the research processes and how to use research findings to appropriately influence clinical practice.
- Demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of human function (physical, cognitive, social, psychological) with the practice framework of assessment, formulation, implementation and follow-up of a comprehensive orthotic/prosthetic treatment plan.
- Demonstrate the ability to make clinical decisions designed to meet patient needs and expectations, and measure effectiveness of O&P intervention by utilizing (or administering) appropriate outcome measures.
- Demonstrate the ability to provide effective education to patients, their support networks, healthcare professionals and the public at large.
- Document pertinent information that supports the provision of effective communication and meets the requirements of legal, business and financial parameters for patient care.
- Demonstrate proficiency in fundamental technical procedures that support orthotic/prosthetic practice.