FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 4, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Young
New Graduate Program at Eastern
Michigan Addresses Acute
Need For Specialists in Orthotics, Prosthetics
YPSILANTI - More than 260,000 Americans lose a limb or are disabled
each year due to vascular disease, trauma or cancer and that number is growing.
However, the number of skilled professionals trained to help amputees and the
disabled is not keeping pace.
Now, a new certificate program offered by Eastern Michigan University addresses
the need for skilled professionals, called prosthetists and orthotists, who
can help amputees and others with disabilities, regain a normal lifestyle.
Prosthetists design, fabricate and fit patients with artificial limbs. Orthotists
design, construct and fit custom-made braces for patients with sports injuries
or diseases such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis
We are extremely excited about this program because it is the only university-affiliated
graduate program in orthotics and prosthetics in Michigan, said Douglas
Briggs, associate professor at Eastern Michigan University and director of the
program. The need for certified prosthetists and orthotists is growing
and this will help serve that need.
Offered by the Division of Sports Medicine within EMUs Department of
Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the new 15-month graduate
program is geared toward producing certified professionals who are trained in
the latest advances in orthotics and prosthetics.
Orthotists, prosthetists and administrative staff from the University of Michigan Orthotics and Prosthetics Center (UMOPC) in Ann Arbor will provide clinical and teaching support.
There is an international shortage of qualified, certified practitioners
and thats why this program is so important, said Briggs. The
shortage of qualified graduates in the United States alone is so acute that
by the year 2005, it is estimated that we will only be able to serve 55 percent
of the persons needing orthotics or prosthetics.
Were thrilled to be part of the program and were looking
forward to teaching and helping to train future leaders of our field,
said Anita Liberman-Lampear, administrative director of the University of Michigan
Orthotics and Prosthetics Center.
Students must have a bachelors degree in a related field to enroll in
the program. The program consists of 31 credit hours, with classes scheduled
during evenings and Saturdays. For more information, call 734.487.0090 or visit
the website at www.emich.edu/coe/hperd/index.html.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan university
that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students
with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers
and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University was recently named A Best Midwestern College
by Princeton Reviews The Best Midwestern Colleges: 150 Great Schools
to Consider, and a best tuition value by Kaplans Unofficial,
Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges.
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