January 23, 2003
Aliso Viejo, CA
According to Scott Hornbeak, CPO, Director of CSUDH Orthotics and Prosthetics Program, "Ossur has stepped up as a generous corporate citizen just when our O&P education program was most in need. The new space will more than double our capacity to teach students, and will allow us to continue our strategy of achieving academic excellence while increasing the output of board certified practitioners." He continued, "We anticipate many positive synergies from associating closely with one of the world's leading O&P manufacturers of high technology products. Ossur is committed to facilitating the excellence that the Cal State education program has achieved. Cal State will have the academic independence to teach all designs and all manufacturer's products."
The first prosthetic courses at the Ossur North America headquarters are scheduled to begin in August 2003. The University had considered closing the baccalaureate program but reconsidered their decision after discussions with Ossur. The added capacity at Ossur will allow Cal State to offer a new 3+1 baccalaureate degree, where undergraduate students attend their first 3 years of college in general education, prerequisite, and selected didactic (lecture) courses, and complete their final year immersed in clinical training in prosthetics at the off-site facility residing at Ossur."
Ossur is dedicated to providing education and forums on the developments and practices in prosthetics and related fields to foster professional collaboration, innovation and, ultimately, improved outcomes for amputees," said Gary Wertz, President of Ossur North America. He continued, "In 2002 we conducted the second International Conference of Advanced Prosthetics, initiated a textbook program for prosthetic students, and through the Ossur Academy, forged strong relationships with innovators in key universities. Initiatives such as these provide an opportunity for Ossur to support the education of current and future prosthetists who will help advance the care of amputees."
Ossur's head office is located in Reykjavik, Iceland (Icelandic Stock Exchange: OSSR). The North American Headquarters is located in Aliso Viejo, California with additional manufacturing, distribution and operational facilities in Reykjavik, Iceland; Eindhoven, Netherlands; Uppsala, Sweden; Albion, Michigan; and Dayton, Ohio. A worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of high technology prosthetic devices, the company's advancements offer people a life without limitations. Its product lines maintain leading market positions in interface system technology; silicone liners, such as the ICEROSS Dermo® with active skin care; Flex-Foot® carbon graphite products which feature the patented CarbonX® Active Heel; and Mauch® and Total Knee® systems.
Californi State University Dominguez Hills
California State University Dominguez Hills offers a comprehensive clinical and didactic postgraduate Certificate Program in Prosthetics and Orthotics, which was granted full NCOPE/CAAHEP accreditation in 1999. The goal of this program is to fulfill the unmet need for practitioners who provide orthotic and prosthetic rehabilitation of individuals requiring custom made orthopedic braces and artificial limbs. The Orthotic and Prosthetic Program at California State University utilizes experience, faculty, curriculum and teaching materials refined over an eighteen-year period of successful training in Orthotics and Prosthetics. The Program has continued in a close clinical affiliation with Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center and the Long Beach Veterans Medical Center and offers the highest quality undergraduate and certificate level education available in orthotics and prosthetics. Website: www.csudh.edu/oandp.
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