The Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics in Phnom Penh provides a 3 year-training programme for students from Cambodia as well as from other low income countries to be professionals in prosthetics and orthotics. The teaching programme is based on a system of 9 modules, including prosthetics, orthotics and other related subjects to give the students an overall understanding of the service required and the ability to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities:
- Academic Module
- Transtibial and Ankle Disarticulation Prosthetics ( TT & AD)
- Transfemoral and Hip Disarticulation Prosthetics (TF & HD)
- Knee Disarticulation and Foot Orthotics (KD and FO)
- Partial Foot Prosthetics and Ankle Foot Orthotics (PF & AFO)
- Knee Ankle Foot and Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthotics (KAFO & HKAFO)
- Upper Limb Prosthetics and Orthotics and Spinal Orthotics
- Clinical Placement I
- Clinical Placement II
Module 1 is used to prepare the students for prosthetics and orthotics (P&O) studies. A number of P&O related subjects are covered within this module which give the students sufficient background to proceed to prosthetic and orthotics modules.
From modules 2 to 7, students will learn theory and fabricate prosthetic and orthotic devices according to the type of disability, and fit those devices to volunteer patients. They will learn the procedures and approaches for assessing, prescribing, fabricating and fitting prostheses and orthoses.
Modules 8 and 9 are spent in clinical placement where students treat real patients in the Phnom Penh Clinic - assessing, prescribing, fabricating, fitting and delivering devices. There are related subjects to be covered within this period as well.
The Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics follows ISPO recommendations for Category II, with 30% of the course being theoretical and 70% being practical.