Program Level Outcomes

The following Program Level Outcomes (PLO’s) have been established as overarching educational objectives, and are responsive to the demonstrated needs of the O&P program’s communities of interest; including patients, patients’ families, referring physicians, therapists, and other healthcare providers, insurance companies, employers, and various governmental entities.

At the conclusion of the Orthotic and/or Prosthetic Programs at CSUDH, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Perform a comprehensive assessment of the patient to obtain an understanding of the patient’s orthotic/prosthetic needs.
  • Formulate a comprehensive orthotic/prosthetic treatment plan by analyzing and integrating information from patient assessment to meet the needs and goals of the patient.
  • Implement the prescribed orthotic/prosthetic treatment plan by performing the necessary procedures to deliver the appropriate orthotic/prosthetic services, including fabrication.
  • Follow up the treatment plan by providing continuing patient care and periodic evaluation to assure/maintain/document optimal fit and function of the orthosis/prosthesis.
  • Practice management effectively by developing, implementing and/or monitoring policies and procedures regarding human resources, the physical environment, business and financial practices, and organizational management.
  • Promote competency and enhance professional practice by participating in personal and professional development through continuing education, training, evidence-based research, and organizational affiliations.
  • Maintain a safe and secure laboratory and clinical environment on behalf of O&P patients, while ensuring structural safety, comfort, fit and patient understanding about the use and maintenance of the orthosis/prosthesis.
  • Utilize Universal Precautions and Personal Protective equipment in compliance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication and blood borne pathogen rulings.
  • Practice relationship-centered, culturally sensitive care with individuals and families during all phases of O&P interaction, with psychosocial awareness of patients’ age, educational status, economic status, and social support.
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams during interaction with patients, peers, colleagues, supervisors, and other health team members.
  • Exhibit ethical behavior in all professional activities during interaction with patients, peers and colleagues, teachers and supervisors, and health team members/affiliates.
  • Provide evidence-based, clinically competent care by applying knowledge from theory, research, new sciences and foundation courses such as kinesiology, anatomy, biomechanics, gait, and material science to the practice of orthotics/prosthetics.
  • Articulate how the theoretical concepts learned within the didactic coursework are exemplified in clinical settings in the domains of patient evaluation, formulation of the treatment plan, follow-up, documentation, communication, and business management functions.