The goal of the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC) MPO program is “to prepare competent entry-level prosthetists-orthotists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains”, as outlined by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE).
The NUPOC MPO program objective is to prepare NUPOC graduates to enter their residency and profession with appropriate skills that effectively demonstrate competence in the following content areas, as defined in Appendix B, Core Curriculum, Section A, Entry-Level Competencies:
A. 1. Exemplify the role of the orthotist / prosthetist in providing ethical, patient-centered care by applying accepted professional responsibilities in clinical practice experiences.
A. 2. Practice safety of self and others, and adhere to safety procedures throughout the provision of orthotic / prosthetic services.
A. 3. Demonstrate appropriate insight into clinical practice, clinical operations, and practice management.
A. 4. Demonstrate an awareness of the humanity and dignity of all patients and related individuals within a diverse and multicultural society.
A. 5. 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.
A. 6. Demonstrate the ability to employ evidence-based practice with an understanding of research processes and how to use research findings to appropriately influence clinical practice.
A. 7. Demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of human function (physical, cognitive, social, and psychological) within the practice framework of assessment, formulation, implementation, and follow-up of a comprehensive orthotic / prosthetic treatment plan.
A. 8. Demonstrate the ability to make clinical decisions designed to meet patient needs and expectations, and measure effectiveness of O&P interventions by utilizing (or administering) appropriate outcome measures.
A. 9. Demonstrate the ability to provide effective education to patients, their support networks, health care professionals, and the public at large.
A. 10. Document pertinent information that supports the provision of effective communication and meets the requirements of legal, business, and financial parameters for patient care.
A. 11. Demonstrate proficiency in fundamental technical procedures that support orthotic / prosthetic practice.
NUPOC’s objective for our graduates at the time they enter residency is to ensure their competence as entry-level prosthetists-orthotists in three learning domains: 1) cognitive, 2) psychomotor, and 3) affective, as established by NCOPE. A NUPOC graduate should specifically demonstrate, but not be limited to, competencies within these domains:
In the Cognitive Domain
Apply knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology, injury process, and impairments in relationship to prosthetics and orthotic treatment plans.
Formulate comprehensive treatment plans that integrate knowledge of biomechanics, kinesiology, normal and pathological gait, and material and component selection to improve function and meet patient/client needs in Lower Limb Prosthetics Design.
Formulate comprehensive treatment plans that integrate knowledge of biomechanics, kinesiology, normal and pathological gait, and material and component selection to improve function and meet patient/client needs in Lower Limb Prosthetic Suspension Systems.
Formulate comprehensive treatment plans that integrate knowledge of biomechanics, kinesiology, normal and pathological gait, and material and component selection to improve function and meet patient/client needs in Lower Limb Orthotics Design.
Formulate comprehensive treatment plans that integrate knowledge of biomechanics, kinesiology, and material and component selection to improve function and meet patient/client needs in Spinal Orthotics and Scoliosis.
Effectively interpret literature and research methods.
In the Psychomotor Domain
Perform comprehensive assessments of the patient using standardized assessment tools and skills.
Demonstrate proficiency in impression and measurement acquisition.
Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate procedures and fabrication processes in the provision of orthotic and prosthetic services.
Use established recordkeeping techniques to document and record patient assessment, treatment plans, billing and reimbursement.
Demonstrate the skills to conduct and write a literature review.
In the Affective Domain
Demonstrate sound ethical and professional judgment in clinical patient/client management.
Communicate effectively and in a professional manner, both verbally and in writing, with patients, caregivers, and other health care personnel.
Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education