If you have completed some (or none) of the required 40 hours of observation, the remaining hours can be completed through a variety of options listed below. The goal of O&P observation hours, at a variety of clinical locations, is to expose the applicant to an accurate and complete representation of the field as a whole and also to prepare the applicant for the clinical education program. The options listed below will expose the applicant to a wide range of knowledge and information to help in preparation for the clinical education program in the absence of live clinical observation hours as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Each source listed below includes the maximum number of hours that can be earned for each source.
  • Items with an asterisk (*) are required material to complete, the remaining hours can be achieved through activities of your choosing from the items listed below.

Instructions:

Complete each write up on a separate page and include the following labeling for every item completed:

  • Applicant Name
  • Source: (O&P Careers Article, Amputee Coalition…, Amplitude, AOPA Conference, O&P Case Study, etc.)
  • Source Link: (specific link for the video or article you reviewed)
  • Specific Title: (video title, article title, case study title, etc.)

Sources

O&P Careers Video: (maximum of 1 hour)

  • Observation Hour Equivalent: 1 observation hour (per video and write-up combination)
  • Task: watch the O&P career overview video
  • Deliverable: 200-300 word write up touching on the following items
    • Describe three new things that you learned about the O&P profession
    • Explain an aspect about the profession excites you the most
    • Elaborate on an aspect of the profession/learning process are you nervous about

O&P Careers Articles: (maximum of 1 hour)

  • Observation Hour Equivalent: 1 observation hour (per article and write-up combination)
  • Task: review the five linked items (orthotics, prosthetics, pedorthics, career outlook, and O&P technology)
  • Deliverable: 200-300 word write up touching on the following items
    • Describe three aspects of clinical interactions that interest you
    • Explain two points that were new to you
    • Document a personal take away that you have about pursuing O&P as a career

Amputee Coalition of America Articles: (maximum of 10 hours)

  • Observation Hour Equivalent: 2 observation hours (per article and write-up combination)
  • Task: review article(s) of your choosing from the links listed above
  • Deliverable: 200-300 word write up touching on the following items
    • Describe the main take away from the article
    • Explain how this article speaks to a psychosocial aspect of life with a physical disability
    • Explain how this article provided new and influential information for future O&P career

Amplitude Articles: (maximum of 10 hours)

  • Observation Hour Equivalent: 2 observation hours (per article and write-up combination)
  • Task: review article(s) of your choosing from the links listed above
  • Deliverable: 200-300 word write up touching on the following items
    • Describe the main take away from the article
    • Explain how this article speaks to a psychosocial aspect of life with a physical disability
    • Explain how this article provided new and influential information for future O&P career

OttoBock YouTube Videos: (maximum of 6 hours)

  • Observation Hour Equivalent: 1 observation hour (per video and write up combination)
  • Links to Approved Videos:

Prosthetic Training

Prosthetic Technology

Orthotics Technology

Additional Assistive Technology

  • Task: review video(s) of your choosing from the links listed above
  • Deliverable: 150-250 word write up touching on the following items
    • Describe what the video was about
    • Explain one aspect that was new to you
    • Explain how you might want to use this knowledge in the future

 

 

Becker Orthopedic Videos: (maximum of 4 hours)

O&P Case Study Videos: (maximum of 6 hours)

O&P Modification Videos: (maximum of 6 hours)

Any 2021 National OP Conference: AAOP or AOPA (maximum hours 38 hours)

  • Observation Hour Equivalent:
    • 1-hour session plus write up = 3 observation hours
    • 2-hour session plus write up = 4 observation hours
  • Tasks: Register on time for each of the virtual conference
    • Link: https://www.oandp.org/ or https://www.aopanet.org/
    • Select: ATTENDEE
    • Discount Code: student op
    • Facility member?: NO
    • Select: “Click here to Continue”
    • Complete electronic registration form
    • Review the schedule/program to select the sessions you would like to attend
  • Deliverable:
    • Describe what the session was about
    • Explain how you might want to use this knowledge in the future
    • Describe your main take away from the session