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Prosthetics/Orthotics

PRO 1002C   INTRODUCTION TO ORTHOTICS &amp; PROSTHETICS

credits: 2  

This course was formerly PRO 1010C. Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS.This course focuses on the development of knowledge necessary to understand the lifelong treatment and rehabilitation process as it relates to the delivery of orthotic and prosthetic care. Students will develop a solid foundation of the principles and practice of orthotics and prosthetics. 32 contact hours.  

PRO 1010C   INTRODUCTION TO BASIC FABRICATION HAND SKILLS

credits: 2  

This course was formerly PRO 1001C. Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the development of psychomotor skills for the application of various orthotic and prosthetic fabrications. Students will develop a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the machinery, tools, and techniques necessary to begin safe fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices at the introductory level. 

PRO 1131C   MATERIAL SCIENCE

credits: 3  

This course was formerly PRO 1009C. Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the development of knowledge surrounding the various materials used in orthotics and prosthetics. Students will develop a solid foundation of knowledge regarding textiles and animal hides, polymers, metals, composites, adhesives, solvents, and other materials. Instruction covering each materials' properties, manipulation, safety, and real world application is included. 107 contact hours.

PRO 1312C   ANKLE FOOT ORTHOSES FABRICATION

credits: 2  

This course was formerly PRO 1002C. Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the fabrication of orthotic devices of the foot and ankle. Students will develop the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to formulate appropriate orthotic fabrication plans, implement the fabrication, and maintain and adjust those devices. Instruction covering a basic overview of the anatomy, biomechanics, and terminology associated with the ankle and foot will also be included. 

PRO 1313C   STIRRUP LAYOUT AND FABRICATION

credits: 1  

This course was formerly PRO 1003C. Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the fabrication of metal orthoses that require attachment to a shoe. Students will develop the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to formulate the appropriate plan and implement the fabrication of stirrups, calipers, and shoe attachment required for Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO’s), Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses (KAFO’s) and Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses (HKAFO’s). 47 contact hours.

PRO 1314C   KNEE ANKLE FOOT ORTHOSES

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the fabrication of orthotic devices extending above the ankle, to include the knee and hip. Students will develop the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to formulate appropriate orthotic fabrication plans, implement the fabrication, and maintain and adjust those devices. Instruction covering a basic overview of anatomy, biomechanics, and terminology associated with the knee and hip will also be included. 92 contact hours.

PRO 1315C   LEATHER WORK FOR THE LOWER LIMB ORTHOSIS

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the development of skills unique to fabricating orthotic/prosthetic components with leather. Students will develop a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the machinery, tools, and techniques necessary to successfully work with leather. 92 contact hours.

PRO 1316C   FOOT ORTHOSES AND SHOE MODIFICATIONS

credits: 5  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on orthotic treatment modalities of the lower extremity distal to the junction of the gastrocnemius and the Achilles tendon. Students in this course will receive instruction on the assessment, formulation, implementation, and follow up of an orthotic treatment plan for common foot and/or ankle disorders affecting pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Lab activities with patient models will allow the student to correlate clinical findings with evidence based practice to synthesize the significance of the appropriate choice of components, principles, material properties, and medical management. The student will interact with multiple orthotic systems. 137 contact hours.

PRO 1320C   THERMOPLASTIC ORTHOSIS FABRICATION

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on advanced thermoplastic fabrication procedures for orthotic devices. Students will build upon concepts from basic thermoplastic fabrication designs to more complex, multi-stage thermoplastic fabrication techniques. Instruction covering thermoplastic materials, properties, and various fabrication methods will be included. 92 contact hours.

PRO 1351C   SPINAL ORTHOSIS FABRICATION

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the fabrication of orthoses of the spine. Student will develop the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to formulate appropriate orthotic fabrication plans, implement the fabrication, and maintain and adjust those devices. Instruction covering a basic overview of the anatomy, biomechanics, and terminology associated with the spine and trunk will also be included. 92 contact hours.

PRO 1372C   UPPER LIMB ORTHOSIS FABRICATION

credits: 2  

This course was formerly PRO 1007C. Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the fabrication of orthoses of the upper limb. Students will develop the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to formulate appropriate orthotic fabrication plans, implement the fabrication, and maintain and adjust those devices. Instruction covering a basic overview of the anatomy, biomechanics, and terminology associated with the upper limb will also be included. 92 contact hours.

PRO 1390C   POST MASTECTOMY FITTING

credits: 4  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the treatment of post mastectomy patients with the provision of breast prostheses. Students in this course will receive instruction on the assessment, formulation, implementation, and follow up of a prosthetic treatment plan for post mastectomy patients. Lab activities will allow the student to correlate clinical findings to synthesize the significance of the appropriate choice of products, principles, materials properties, and medical management. The student will interact with multiple types of breast prostheses and products. 92 contact hours.

PRO 1391C   CUSTOM FIT ORTHOSES

credits: 4  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS.This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the entry level knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and fit off the shelf orthoses. Students in this course will receive instruction on the assessment, formulation, implementation, and follow-up of custom fit orthotic treatment plan for various patient populations. Lab activities will allow the student to correlate clinical findings to synthesize the significance of the appropriate choice of products, principles, and medical management. The student will interact with multiple types and levels of custom fit orthoses. 92 contact hours.  

PRO 1392C   PROSTHETIC FINISHING PROCEDURES

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the procedures necessary to finish definitive prosthetic devices both for function and cosmetics. Students will develop the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to complete the final steps of fabricating definitive prostheses. Instruction covering a basic overview of surface anatomy and the materials utilized will also be included. 92 contact hours.

PRO 1411C   ORTHOTICS & PROSTHETICS CAD/CAM

credits: 4  

Prerequisites: PRO 1010C and Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the use of computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) for orthotic and prosthetic devices. Students will receive instruction on the development of the technology, three dimensional image capture, shape modification, fabrication and system maintenance. 92 contact hours.

PRO 2011C   ADVANCED PROCEDURES

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the fabrication of complex designs and procedures related to prosthetics. It builds on current prosthetic and orthotic design principles by introducing additional available technologies and trends. Students will develop the entry-level knowledge and exposure necessary to understand the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices at a more complicated level. 92 contact hours.  

PRO 2302C   TRANSTIBIAL SOCKET INSERTS, ALIGNMENT AND DUPLICATION

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the fabrication of Transtibial socket inserts, their alignment and duplication. Students will develop the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to fabricate and maintain and adjust those devices. Instruction covering a basic overview of the materials, anatomy, biomechanics, and terminology associated with below knee amputations and their devices will also be included. 92 contact hours.

PRO 2332C   THERMOPLASTIC CHECK SOCKET FABRICATION

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the fabrication of prosthetic thermoplastic check sockets or test sockets. Students will develop the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to fabricate and adjust those devices. Instruction covering a basic overview of the materials and fabrication techniques will also be included. 92 contact hours.  

PRO 2333C   TRANSFEMORAL SOCKET FABRICATION

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the fabrication of transfemoral prostheses, their alignment and duplication. Students will develop the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to fabricate and maintain and adjust those devices. Instruction covering a basic overview of the materials, anatomy, biomechanics, and terminology associated with amputation at the knee disarticulation level and above and their devices will also be included. 92 contact hours.

PRO 2362C   TRANSRADIAL PROSTHESIS FABRICATION

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the fabrication of partial hand and transradial prostheses. Students will develop the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to fabricate, maintain and adjust those devices as well as their harnessing systems. Instruction covering a basic overview of the materials, anatomy, biomechanics, and terminology associated with amputations below the elbow and their devices will also be included. 92 contact hours.

PRO 2363C   TRANSHUMERAL PROSTHESIS FABRICATION

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This combined lecture and laboratory course focuses on the fabrication of prostheses of amputation levels at and above the elbow. Students will develop the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to fabricate, maintain and adjust those devices as well as their harnessing systems. Instruction covering a basic overview of the materials, anatomy, biomechanics, and terminology associated with amputations at and above the elbow and their devices will also be included. 92 contact hours.

PRO 2804   TECHNICIAN PRACTICUM

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This course is designed as a technical rotation in which students observe, assist, and practice orthotic and prosthetic fabrication in an environment that prepares them for their career. Students apply traditional and emerging topics taught in previous required courses at an orthotic and prosthetic facility to practice skills under close supervision. Students are required to document fabrication projects they are exposed to during the rotation time period. 92 contact hours.

PRO 2860C   BOARD EXAM REVIEW

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to ORTHO-AS. This course is designed to assess the student’s comprehensive knowledge of orthotic and prosthetic fabrication. Prior course work is synthesized through cumulating, comprehensive written and practical examinations. Students in this course are required to successfully complete and pass all culminating exam materials. 92 contact hours.

PRO 3000C   INTRODUCTION TO ORTHOTICS, PROSTHETICS, AND REHABILITATION

credits: 2  

Prerequisites: Admission to the Orthotic & Prosthetic BAS Program. This course focuses on the development of knowledge necessary to understand the rehabilitation process as it relates to the delivery of orthotic/prosthetic care. The prosthetic and orthotics professions are presented in terms of the integration of the biological, medical, and engineering sciences. Students will develop a solid foundation of the principles and practice of orthotics and prosthetics and the materials and technology associated with the manufacture of custom devices. The laboratory component section will develop psychomotor skills for the application of contemporary technology at the introductory level. 62 contact hours.

PRO 3100   BIOMECHANICS

credits: 2  

Prerequisites: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. This course examines the application of mechanics on living organisms. It includes the application of engineering principles to and from biological systems producing movement and stabilization. The student will learn the mechanics of orthotic and prosthetic applications as they relate to human movement and stabilization, and the joint mechanics that hinder or restrict these movements. The student will be introduced to biomechanical measurement instruments (i.e. force plates, pressure transducers, temporal, spatial, and video analysis) used to quantify the kinetic effects associated with physical activity. 32 contact hours.

PRO 3110   CLINICAL PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. This course focuses on the pathophysiology, clinical signs and symptoms associated with numerous diseases and traumatic injuries as they relate to the practice of orthotics and prosthetics. Clinical Pathophysiology provides a comprehensive foundation to build the students knowledge of specific clinical disorders commonly seen in the field of orthotics and prosthetics. Each condition is presented in terms of the diagnoses, tests, treatment regimes, rehabilitation, prognosis and its morbidity. Students will learn the proper method to review case materials (history, physical exam, laboratory data, etc), to develop differential diagnoses for a specific patient presentation. Relevant case studies are presented to develop an understanding of the role of the prosthetist and orthotist in the rehabilitation process. Students will also participate in weekly literature reviews and online discussions to provide an in-depth study of recent research on the major diseases encountered in a clinical orthotic/prosthetic practice. 47 contact hours.

PRO 3120C   GAIT ANALYSIS AND PATHOMECHANICS

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. This course focuses on normal human locomotion and pathological gait. The students will learn the mechanics of human locomotion and the kinematics associated with all phases of gait; identify the events that occur during the gait cycle; and identify gait deviations due to clinical pathologies or compensations. Laboratory portion will augment the learning with temporal, spatial, and video analysis of normal and pathological gait. 62 contact hours.

PRO 3200C   HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY FOR ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS

credits: 4  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. This course focuses on examination of the human body as it is relevant to orthotics and prosthetics. Specific systems focused on will be cardiovascular, skeletal, neurological, and muscular. Particular emphasis will be placed on the extremities and the spine. 92 contact hours.

PRO 3301C   TRANSTIBIAL PROSTHETICS

credits: 5  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. This course will present prosthetic treatment modalities of the lower extremity distal to the knee. Students in this course will receive instruction on the assessment, formulation, implementation and follow up of a prosthetic treatment plan for transtibial and symes amputation levels. Concurrent lower extremity lab activities with patient models will allow the student to correlate clinical findings with evidence based practice to synthesize the significance of the appropriate choice of components, principles, material properties, socket design, prosthetic alignment and medical management. Application of technology, including CAD/CAM imaging will be incorporated throughout the course projects. Relevant case studies will be discussed to facilitate clinical problem solving skills. 167 contact hours.

PRO 3310C   LOWER EXTREMITY ORTHOTICS I

credits: 4  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program and completion of PRO 3100, PRO3200C. This course will present orthotic treatment modalities of the lower extremity distal to the knee. Students in this course will receive instruction on the assessment, formulation, implementation, and follow up of an orthotic treatment plan for common foot and/or ankle disorders affecting pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Concurrent lower extremity lab activities with patient models will allow the student to correlate clinical findings with evidence based practice to synthesize the significance of the appropriate choice of components, principles, material properties, and medical management. The student will interact with multiple orthotic systems. 122 contact hours.

PRO 3311C   LOWER EXTREMITY ORTHOTICS II

credits: 5  

Prerequisites: PRO 3310C and Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. This course will present orthotic treatment modalities of the lower extremity proximal to the knee. Students in this course will receive instruction on the assessment, formulation, implementation, and follow up of an orthotic treatment plan for common knee, hip and/or total lower extremity disorders affecting pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Concurrent lower extremity lab activities with patient models will allow the student to correlate clinical findings with evidence based practice to synthesize the significance of the appropriate choice of components, principles, material properties and medical management. The student will interact with multiple orthotic systems. 137 contact hours.

PRO 3500C   CLINICAL METHODS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS Program. This course focuses on understanding the role of a prosthetist-orthotist as it relates to the patient and other healthcare professionals. Students will learn sound clinical evaluation skills using standardized assessment methods and skilled observations to formulate a comprehensive assessment of a patient. Students will utilize various assessments to produce written documentation that includes the formulation, implementation and effective follow up plans for clinical settings using evidence based practice. The laboratory portion will focus on patient assessment skills and documentation procedures. 77 contact hours.

PRO 3505   CLINICAL PROBLEM SOLVING

credits: 2-3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program or permission of the Dean. This course will focus on the development and presentation of comprehensive orthotic/prosthetic treatment plans through the analysis and synthesis of information gleaned through the clinical evaluation and assessment process. Formulation of the treatment plan is one of the six practice domains of the orthotist prosthetist. 32 contact hours.

PRO 3801L   ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS CLINICAL ROTATION

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P) BAS program. This course is part of a series of clinical rotations in which students observe, assist, and practice patient care and device fabrication in an environment that prepares them for an orthotic or prosthetic residency. Students study traditional and emerging topics related to the O&P field and are then placed at a clinical agency to practice skills under close supervision of an American Board Certified (ABC) prosthetist/orthotist. The topic of concentration in each clinical rotation is different; however, students are required to demonstrate mastery of patient and clinical assessments; the design, implementation, and follow-up of comprehensive treatment plans; technical skills; and communication skills with increasing competency as they progress through the series. Students are required to document patient interactions and case analysis of their clinical experiences, and to present case studies to an audience of peers. 110 contact hours.

PRO 4001C   ADVANCED TOPICS AND LAB

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. The course builds on current prosthetic and orthotic design principles by introducing additional available technologies and research trends. Topics to include: image capture and computer aided design; osseointegration; limb regeneration; direct neural control and limb transplants; recreational and high activity devices; adaptive sports equipment; and sensory feed back. 77 contact hours.

PRO 4130   MATERIAL SCIENCE

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. This course focuses on the mechanical properties of various materials used in orthotics and prosthetics. Some of the materials discussed will include metals, thermoset plastics, thermoplastics, and composites. 32 contact hours.

PRO 4190   RESEARCH METHODS

credits: 2-3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS Program. This course provides the student with an understanding of the research process. The student will develop techniques used in scientific research to critically evaluate scientific papers with regard to the measurements and methods used. The student will learn to formulate a simple research project and employ quantitative testing methods to reach conclusions. 32 contact hours.

PRO 4331C   TRANSFEMORAL PROSTHETICS

credits: 5  

Prerequisites: PRO 3301C and admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. This course will present prosthetic treatment modalities of the lower extremity proximal to the knee. Students will receive instruction on the assessment, formulation, implementation, and follow up of a prosthetic treatment plan for knee disarticulation, transfemoral, hip disarticulation and hemipelvectomy amputation levels. Concurrent lower extremity lab activities with patient models will allow students to correlate clinical findings with evidence based practice to synthesize the significance of the appropriate choice of components, principles, material properties, socket design, prosthetic alignment and medical management. Relevant case studies will be discussed to facilitate clinical problem solving skills. This course requires comprehensive integration of the student’s knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and prosthetic principles. 137 contact hours.

PRO 4350C   SPINAL ORTHOTICS

credits: 5  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. This course will present orthotic treatment modalities of the spine and cranium. Students will receive instruction on the assessment, formulation, implementation and follow up of an orthotic treatment plan for common spinal and cranial disorders affecting pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Concurrent lab activities with patient models will allow the student to correlate clinical findings with evidence based practice to synthesize the significance of the appropriate choice of components, principles, material properties and medical management. The student will interact with multiple orthotic systems. 137 contact hours.

PRO 4361C   UPPER EXTREMITY PROSTHETICS

credits: 4  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. This course focuses on anatomy, biomechanics and prosthetic principles and materials to solve clinical problems affecting patients with upper extremity amputations. The student will learn to measure, cast, fabricate, design, and manufacture prostheses for partial hand, wrist disarticulation, transradial, elbow disarticulation, transhumeral, shoulder disarticulation, and thoraco-scapular amputation levels. The student will learn biomechanics of the socket fit and prosthetic alignment, and upper limb prosthetic control strategies. This course requires comprehensive integration of the students' knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and prosthetic principles. 92 contact hours.

PRO 4371C   UPPER EXTREMITY ORTHOTICS

credits: 4  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. This course will present orthotic treatment modalities of the upper extremity. Students in this course will receive instruction on the assessment, formulation, implementation, and follow-up of an orthotic treatment plan for common finger, wrist, elbow and/or shoulder disorders affecting pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Concurrent upper extremity lab activities with patient models will allow the student to correlate clinical findings with evidence based practice to synthesize the significance of the appropriate choice of components, principles, material properties and medical management. The student will interact with multiple orthotic systems. 92 contact hours.

PRO 4410   CAD/CAM FOR ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. This course focuses on the utilization of computer automated design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) in orthotics and prosthetics. Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to measure and manufacture orthoses and prostheses through the tools of CAD/CAM including computers, digitizers, scanners, lathes, and milling machines. 32 contact hours.

PRO 4600   PRACTICE MANAGEMENT ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program. This course will expose students to business fundamentals and development skills needed to manage an orthotic and prosthetics practice. The student will learn different billing software systems available for electronic billing. The students will be introduced to Medicare and other reimbursement systems in orthotic and prosthetics. The student will learn about the American Board of Certification (ABC) code of ethics, professionalism and how to apply those skills to current coding techniques in orthotics and prosthetics. 32 contact hours.

PRO 4850   SENIOR CAPSTONE

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Orthotics and Prosthetics BAS program or permission of the Dean of College of Health Sciences. This course is designed to assess the student’s comprehensive knowledge of orthotics and prosthetics. Prior course work is synthesized and facilitated through patient interactions and cumulating, comprehensive examinations to emphasize clinical problem solving skills, patient management and professional/personal development. Students in this course are required to successfully complete and pass all culminating exam materials. 32 contact hours.


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