The National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) invested $60,000 toward the study of the core principles that encompass the fundamental rules and assumptions that are essential to the practice of O&P.
NCOPE awarded the grant to Nerrolyn Ramstrand, PhD, to lead the study.
The single two-year grant will begin identifying and unpacking core principles to determine different levels of understanding for O&P students. Mastery of these principles results in lasting understanding and the ability to apply concepts and facts to analyze and address novel problems.
“We are enthusiastic about providing our support to this research initiative and eagerly anticipate using the outcomes to further enhance O&P education,” said Susan Spaulding, CPO, NCOPE chair.
Applications were reviewed based on multiple criteria, with the identification of concepts and principles for O&P professionals as the focus. NCOPE partnered with The Orthotics and Prosthetics Foundation for Education and Research to assist with administrating the grant proposal and selection process.