Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics Program
Professional Prosthetist/Orthotist Qualification Program
The Bachelor Degree of Prosthetics and Orthotics program is an ISPO accredited program that enables professionals who already hold an Associate P&O degree (former Cat II degree) to develop to the Professional Prosthetic and Orthotic (former ISPO Category I) level and acquire a Bachelors degree in prosthetics and orthotics from the Mahidol University in Bangkok at the same time.
Comprehensive academic and hands-on training
The curriculum of this program is carefully constructed so as to fit students with theoretical knowledge and advanced practical skills in complex and advanced prosthetic and orthotic patient treatment on the professional level. The advanced professional hands-on training is complemented by intensive relevant medical knowledge, as well as knowledge of general sciences. The didactic model of the program fosters development of independent working skills, promotes student confidence in presenting their work to others and teaches students research skills needed within the professional field. The program is marked by intensive exchange amongst peers and with teachers, made easier through the use of our e-learning platform and online communication tools.
Students during practical workshop in Tunisia.
In a nutshell:
- Six semesters of study with at least one practical hands-on worksop per semester;
- studying via e-learning platform (learning materials, communication, exams, submission of term papers) combined with practical workshops at a centralized location;
- ISPO certificate on the Professional Prosthetist/Orthotist level, plus a Bachelor of Science Degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Mahidol university upon graduation;
- Training of Trainer component specifically aimed at preparing you to become a trainer of others yourself.
This program is implemented in collaboration with the Faculty of medicine Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University, the current #252 in the QS Global World Ranking.
Program structure: 0 + 6 semesters
Semester 0: This program has a preparatory semester that we call “Semester 0″. The purpose of this semester is to support you in revisiting the knowledge you have acquired in your Associate level education (CAT II) and thus prepare for the Mahidol entrance exam. You will also learn how to use tools of Blended Learning education (e.g. e-platform) so that you can achieve best learning results in the program. NOTE: In order to continue with your studies, you must pass the Mahidol entrance exam.
Semester 1: you will learn patient management and fitting for wheelchair (basic and intermediate level) and intensively study anatomy and human movement, as well as expand on your knowledge of biology, mathematics and information technology. Additionally, you will start with your intensive English course.
Semester 2: you will learn patient management in LLO and LLP, comprehensive patient gait analysis and start with your clinical competencies. You will revisit and expand on your knowledge of chemistry and continue with your intensive English course.
Semester 3: you will learn patient management in LLO and LLP and study physiology. You will learn presentation skills and expand on your knowledge of physics, as well as have your final course in English.
Semester 4: you will learn patient management in ULP and LL disarticulation prosthetics. This semester includes psychology and pathology. You will learn statistics that you need in P&O and learn how to do research in P&O.
Semester 5: you will learn patient management in SO and ULO, and biomechanics in P&O. You will start doing your own research, in preparation for your final research paper.
Semester 6: you will learn patient management in ULP, finalize your clinical practice reports and prepare your final research paper. You will also learn basics of entrepreneurship.
To apply for this program, you must hold a valid ISPO Associate Prosthetist/Orthotist level certificate (Cat. II), with at least 2 years of practical experience (working with patients) after certification.
You need to have at least 12 years of school education (high-school diploma or equivalent).
You must be employed at a P&O center (hospital, health care center, etc.) where you predominantly work with patients and on fabrication of prosthetic and/or orthotic devices.
You need a good command of the English language, ideally you already possess TOFEL minimum level 500 or equivalent.
You need to be able to work with Microsoft Office tools (or equivalent), and with online communication and collaboration tools (web search, Skype, and similar).
You will need a stabile constant high speed (broadband) Internet access.
You will need a valid travel document (passport) to travel to centralized locations for the practical part of studies and final ISPO Category I Examinations (where applicable).
MOST IMPORTANTLY: If you are also highly motivated to serve pople with disability and benefit your community, if you strive to improve your knowledge, skills and professional performance, this program is perfect for you!
If you think this educational program is exactly what you need, please get in touch with us.
⇒ BSc in P&O Program Handbook