Throughout the first year, while completing the didactic portion of the curriculum, you will work in our state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab. You will spend between 35 and 40 hours a week in the lab. This time includes course work, working with patient models and hands-on with the manufacturing side of the process.
The lab includes areas for scanning, gait analysis, vacuum forming, 3D printing, and more.
You will work with patients in the lab and then manufacture the devise the patient needs from start to finish.
"I went to my initial interviews thinking OP would be more of a niche, separate from the other programs. But once I came to BCM, I soon had friends from the PA and other programs. We had classes together and would play intramurals together." - Glen Thompson, O & P Student
You will be learning directly from individuals who are active practitioners and researchers. Our faculty includes individuals who have started practices, developed products and launched companies. They have expertise in engineering, manufacturing and production, athletic training and sociology. Most importantly, they are dedicated teachers, committed to sharing their experience with you to help you achieve your career goals.
Our location in the Texas Medical Center provides easy access to experts in engineering, kinesiology, physical and occupational therapy at nearby institutions for pathokinesiology and biomechanics courses
From the beginning of your training, your greatest teachers will be your patients. You will also gain experience working with patients who come to the fabrication lab. You will immediately begin applying the skills you are learning through casting, fabricating and fitting of orthoses and prostheses with patient models. You will see patients through the full process, meeting with individual patients two or three times.
"In the OP program, there are all these students that come from different educational backgrounds but are now all interested in the same field. Everyone has different skills and experiences. I have gained different ways of looking at things." - Erica Ling, O & P Student