Faculty of Health Sciences

BACHELOR OF HEALTH SCIENCES IN MEDICAL ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS

Purpose of the Programme

The purpose of this qualification is to develop a graduate competent in the knowledge, attitudes, insight and skills required for the orthotic and prosthetic professions. The qualifying graduate will be able to competently apply and integrate theoretical principles, evidence-based techniques, practical experience, clinical procedures and appropriate skills.

The qualification will produce a well-rounded graduate who will be capable of practicing as a clinician, developing and managing a clinic or a laboratory or providing services as a private practitioner. The graduate will be a team player, capable of working in multidisciplinary teams and moving the profession forward.

Delivery Mode

This shall be a contact course. There shall be didactic lectures, small group tutorials, seminars, bed-side teaching, patient presentations, and most importantly, practical training in the workshop. The training manuals shall be developed using most updated orthotic and prosthetic resources available and based on the World Health Organisation guidelines for training of personnel in developing countries for prosthetics and orthotics services (WHO 1990).

The programme will utilise innovative methods of learning like cooperative learning (team learning in small groups), self-directed learning, and problem-based learning, community based rehabilitation and services learning. These learning methods and strategies should hopefully produce a life-long learner committed to the service of needy communities. This would be in line with the institution’s mission of rural development and urban renewal.

Entry Requirements

Senior Certificate

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) will be required with an achievement rating of 4 or better in English, Mathematics, Physical Science and Biology.

Selection Procedures

Students are selected on the basis of their academic achievements. The selection committee is made up of members of the Faculty.

Registration

All students must register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) at the beginning of their first year of study. Students will not be allowed to proceed to the clinical training modules without HPCSA registration.

 

Duration of the Programme

Four years full time.

Exit Level Outcomes

The bachelor’s degree of Health Sciences in medical orthotics and prosthetics is at level 8 on the HEQSF with 520 credits.

The grandaunt will demonstrate effective communication and apply the principles of medical ethics, professional behaviour and the legal framework to the context within which medical orthotic and prosthetic practitioners operate while maintaining personal health,wellness and safety.

The grandaunt should be able to assists and advice on relevant aspects of pre-surgical, post-surgical, medical and therapeutic management of individuals requiring prosthetic/orthotic devices; formulate prosthetics or orthotics designs, including selection of materials, components and additional aids; take part in follow-up procedures as well as maintenance, repairs and replacement of the appliance; and supervise and conduct the education and training of orthopaedic technologists and technicians.