Orthotics and Prosthetics

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Welcome to the California State University Dominguez Hills Orthotics and Prosthetics Program.  Our Program is part of the California State University, and is located at the Veterans Administration Long Beach Healthcare System in Long Beach, California.

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The VA/CSUDH Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Education is unique because it is the only Orthotics and Prosthetics program physically located on a VA medical center in the United States.  Here faculty and students alike have the opportunity to rotate into VA prosthetic, orthotic, and other medical clinics to enhance their patient care skills.  Also active clinical rotations are in place with large and small private O&P providers, Hanger’s major central fabrication facility, Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center, and the Balboa Naval Medical Center’s C-5 program in San Diego, where combat wounded soldiers are receiving treatment.

We provide our students with unique “hands-on” learning opportunities in a series of lecture, demonstration, and laboratory activities that culminate in formal critiques and practical applications of orthotic and prosthetic practice. Our students thrive in an environment the combines academic, clinical, and research components that lead to successful practice as an O&P professional.

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Our students are our most valuable resource. Each student makes a unique contribution to the Program, and is recognized as an individual.  We work together as a team to provide the highest quality patient outcomes.

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Thank you for considering the California State University Dominguez Hills Orthotics and Prosthetics Program for your education.  Feel free to contact us for further information.

Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P) is the evaluation, fabrication and custom fitting of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces. O&P is an allied health profession with a variety of exciting employment opportunities available.
Prosthetists provide patients with prostheses (artificial limbs) to replace an amputated hand, arm, foot or leg. The goal of the prosthetist is to provide the patient with increased function, such walking or grasping.

Orthotists provide patients with orthoses (braces) to increase the stability of the spine or an extremity after injury or disease. The goal of the orthotist is to provide the patient with protection, support and, ultimately, increased function.

To learn more about the profession, please visit www.opcareers.org; also you may view the Academy video on O&P careers:

The Academy's NEW Career Awareness Video

California State University Dominguez Hills offers comprehensive clinical and didactic Programs in Orthotics and Prosthetics which were granted full CAAHEP accreditation in 1999.

Each program is helping fulfill the need for practitioners who provide orthotic and prosthetic rehabilitation of individuals requiring custom made orthopedic braces and artificial limbs. The programs at California State University utilize experience, faculty, curriculum, and teaching materials refined over a twenty year period.