OPT Associate Degree Program Granted Continued Accreditation

January 19, 2009

The Orthotic/Prosthetic Technology Associate degree program at Baker College of Flint has been granted continued accreditation by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). The accreditation is valid until 2013, at which time a comprehensive evaluation, which includes an on-site review, will be scheduled.

“Congratulations to Dean Candace Johnson and all the OPT staff and faculty for all the hard work that went into making this happen,” said Julianne T. Princinsky, Ed.D., Baker College of Flint President. “We are proud of their efforts to meet the standards of quality necessary to prepare individuals to enter the OPT profession.”

When granting continued accreditation, NCOPE indicated that the Baker College of Flint Orthotic/Prosthetic Technology Associate Degree program “is to be commended for an outstanding self-study application and site visit report. The recent peer review conducted by NCOPE recognizes the program’s substantial compliance with the established accreditation standards.”

Baker College of Flint is the only higher education institution in Michigan to offer an accredited Orthotic/Prosthetic Technology Associate Degree program. The Flint campus is one of only five accredited OPT programs in the United States and the sole one east of the Mississippi. In addition to NCOPE accreditation, the OPT program at Baker College of Flint is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The Orthotic/Prosthetic Technology program at Baker College of Flint is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive education in both disciplines (fabrication of orthopedic braces and artificial limbs). The student will learn to interpret orthometry forms, apply biomechanical principles and fabricate devices.

A graduate from an accredited OPT program is eligible to take the national registry examinations to become a registered technician orthotics (RTO), a registered technician prosthetics (RTP), or a registered technician prosthetics/orthotics (RTPO).

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