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August 15, 2003
DH-03 TK 43
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367
tknox@csudh.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Cal State Dominguez Hills Orthotics & Prosthetics Program Partners with Ossur

Public/Private Partnership Saves One of Eight Such Programs in the Country


Aliso Viejo, Calif.
– The landmark Orthotics & Prosthetics Program at Cal State Dominguez Hills will open a new facility on the grounds of Ossur on Saturday, Aug. 16. Without Ossur’s support, which is estimated by Scott Hornbeak, coordinator of the program, at $750,000, the program would have been forced to close its doors after 20 years of success due to federal funding cutbacks. The program is one of just eight such schools in the country, and while the prosthetics program is launched this fall, orthotics education will recommence next year.

In addition to housing the customized instructional facility on Ossur’s Aliso Viejo campus, the company provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in donated equipment and overhead costs. The additional space will allow the program to accommodate more than twice as many bachelor’s-degree and post-baccalaureate-certificate students.

“There are only about 200 professionals who enter the field of prosthetics each year, and we’ll be graduating 32, so we’ll be providing about 15 percent of the country’s prosthetics professionals each year. This public/private partnership took us off the chopping block and into an incredible new space,” Hornbeak explains. “Cal State Dominguez Hills made the commitment to approve the curriculum, hire new faculty and staff, and provide support through the Division of Extended Education and the School of Health.”

The program will offer a “3+1” model for undergraduate students through the School of Health, which will entail three years of prerequisite and general education courses on the Carson campus followed by a year of prosthetics-specific curriculum in Aliso Viejo. In addition, a post-baccalaureate certificate program through Extended Education will award the certification all prosthetists need upon entering the field.

Ossur is the leading supplier of high-technology prosthetic devices and will also provide valuable lectures and samples on an “as-needed basis” according to Hornbeak, and the program was designed with the idea of academic freedom in mind – meaning Ossur’s competitors’ products will be used extensively within the courses as well.

For more information, contact Scott Hornbeak, coordinator, Orthotics & Prosthetics Program at Cal State Dominguez Hills, (949) 643-5374.

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