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Bay News 9 reported on the college’s new Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology Associate Degree, which will be available to students this fall. Program Director Arlene Gillis was interviewed for the story and said the degree, the only one of its kind in the state, will “teach students the fundamentals of designing and fabricating prosthetic and orthotic devices.”

Research suggests the number of patients who will need this kind of care is increasing and current practitioners are retiring.

News about the degree also was posted in oandp.com, SmartBrief and Healio.com.

Video from the report also is available on the college’s YouTube channel.

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St. Petersburg College, a national leader in orthotics and prosthetics training, is accepting applications through June 30 for its new two-year Associate in Science degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology, the first and only associate degree for orthotic and prosthetic technicians in Florida.

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The coursework, offered at SPC’s $11 million J.E. Hanger College of Orthotics and Prosthetics at the Health Education Center, meets a growing demand for certified technicians who can fabricate, repair and maintain quality orthotics and prosthetics under the direction of certified orthotists and prosthetists. The college has had a bachelor’s degree program in orthotics and prosthetics since 2005. This degree expands the options for students.

Unknown“St. Petersburg College is the only educational institution in the United States to offer orthotic and prosthetic education of all levels and scopes,” said Program Director Arlene Gillis. “Our Comprehensive Innovation Center houses O&P continuing education courses, certificate classes, an associate degree, bachelor’s degree and master’s level education. Having a complete orthotic and prosthetic career ladder means that SPC is a ‘one-stop shop’ for O&P education and students can enter the field in a variety of ways, adding to their credentials if they choose to continue their education.”

Orthotics and Prosthetics is an expanding health care field that involves evaluating, fabricating and custom fitting artificial limbs and orthopedic braces to help rehabilitate patients with disabling conditions. Demand for O&P professionals who can treat conditions brought on by age and rising rates of obesity and diabetes continues to grow, as do the educational requirements.

A recent study by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education estimates that without an increase in O&P graduates, the number of practicing orthotists can serve just 61% of patients who need them. The study also projects the number of people using prostheses to increase by 50%. Currently, more than 54 million people experience functional limitations due to impairment or health conditions.

Careers in orthotics and prosthetics include practitioners (certified orthotists and certified prosthetists), pedorthists, assistants, fitters and technicians. The practitioner level provides comprehensive care, including assessment, treatment plans and practice management, and requires a master’s degree. Those who assist practitioners at various levels need post-secondary training and certifications.

Last year, SPC received part of an $11-million federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant aimed at expanding the number of trained, certified health care workers with expertise in orthotics and prosthetics.

In addition to the new A.S. degree, SPC also offers:

  • A Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics that can lead  to a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, with a specialization in Engineering Management of Orthotics and Prosthetics at Florida State University
  • Continuing education credits for O&P professional license renewals
  • Mastectomy and Orthotic Fitter certificates that can apply to the associate degree

To help students master the computerized planning process, materials fabrication and professional patient skills they need on the job, SPC offers extensive facilities. These include 5,151 square feet of lab space with 48 individual work stations, 12 specialized fabrication devices, an overhead and wall projector system, and four industrial sewing machines; and 3,443 of lab support space for CAD/CAM systems, machining, laminating, plastering, thermal forming, mill/lathe and material testing.

For more information or to apply for the Orthotics and Prosthetics program, go to www.spcollege.edu/op or call 727-341-4153.

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The Tampa Tribune reported on the story of Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy Costello who, with the help of St. Petersburg College’s J.E. Hanger College of Orthotics and Prosthetics, is designing a device that would allow him to return to the level of activity he had as a Green Beret combat diver.

On Sept. 20, 2011, Costello stepped on an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He lost his right leg above the knee.

Arlene Gillis, the college’s Orthotics and Prosthetics program director, is coordinating the effort. SPC is part of a consortium with Florida State University offering a master’s in industrial engineering, a specialization in the management of orthotics and prosthetics, the Tribune reported.

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HEC Career

St. Petersburg College students learned about jobs/career opportunities and spoke with local health-related companies at Career Day Oct. 29 at the Caruth Health Education Center. Some of the participating vendors were BayCare Health System, HCA Hospitals, Gracewood Rehabilitation, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Sunstar Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and more. As students visited vendor tables, they received a stamp on their attendance card. Once they had at least 10 stamps, they were entered into a drawing for three Publix gift certificates. HEC Career Day is held every spring and fall.

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St. Petersburg College’s health programs are highly effective at preparing graduates to become some of the best employees around.

Just take a look at the numbers: graduates routinely pass their certification exams above national averages and find work in their fields at very high rates. Also, employers rate our graduates favorably, noting they are very well suited for their careers.

In this infographic the success rates of the Radiography program are noted. Look for future graphics to highlight similar numbers for each of SPC’s career programs.

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St. Petersburg College’s recent research on underwater prosthetics in the Florida Keys with the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge was recently detailed in O&P Business News.

The online publication is produced by Healio.com, an in-depth specialty clinical information website featuring news reporting, multimedia and question-and-answer columns.

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pirate_campAmputee youth from ages 4 to 17 joined their friends, families and 25 students from St. Petersburg College’s Orthotics and Prosthetics program at the Second Annual Adaptive Sailing Never Say Never Pirate Camp in Clearwater in October.

Sponsored by the Never Say Never Foundation, Pirates of the Care Free Being and Sailability Greater Tampa Bay, the three-day event was held at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center. Events were designed to teach ocean appreciation and sailing skills and the importance of following dreams. SPC students helped with the obstacle course and mobility and agility exercises and offered pilates sessions to the kids.

SPC senior Shanna Rousseau was as excited as event organizers because SPC’s attendance meant kids would get more individual attention.

“Any time I can work with kids, it’s uber rewarding because they don’t really think of themselves as having disabilities,” Rousseau said. “They can do anything.”

Last year, 11 families and 23 aspiring pirates took part in the event. The camp is supported solely through donations, which means campers and their families participate at no cost.

“This is a great event to help pediatric amputees and the community,” said Arlene Gillis, program director of the J.E. Hanger College of Orthotics & Prosthetics Program at SPC. “It’s really an amazing learning opportunity and allows our students to give back.”

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Bay News 9 aired a segment that featured the college’s Orthotics and Prosthetics program.

SPC recently has been awarded a series of grants including $3.5 million in federal workforce grants, one for logistics/supply chain management training and another for orthotics and prosthetics career education.

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Professor Sandy Campbell, PhD, RN and her Professional Roles class (first course in the RN-BSN program) co-created a code of conduct using concepts and principles from Dr. Cynthia Clark, author of the book, Civility in Nursing, and the work of Joe Tye, the Values Coach ("Pickle Pledge"). In class, the students first ranked civil behaviors (from Clark and their course syllabus) then combined them wwith Tye's pledge. They chose to focus on positive or civil behaviors rather than negative or uncivil behaviors and included the SPC commitment to complete bracelet statement, thus the "Positive Pickle Pledge Plus". Students signed individual pledges that they kept and the large poster shown here with Dr. Campbell, center front row.

St. Petersburg College Professor Sandy Campbell, PhD, RN and her Professional Roles class (first course in the RN-BSN program) co-created a code of conduct using concepts and principles from Dr. Cynthia Clark, author of the book, Civility in Nursing, and the work of Joe Tye, the Values Coach (“Pickle Pledge”).
In class, the students first ranked civil behaviors (from Clark and their course syllabus) then combined them with Tye’s pledge. They chose to focus on positive or civil behaviors rather than negative or uncivil behaviors, and included the SPC commitment to complete bracelet statement, thus the “Positive Pickle Pledge Plus”.
Students signed individual pledges that they kept and the large poster shown here with Dr. Campbell, center front row.

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EMSSt. Petersburg College and 19 other Florida state colleges are among the top institutions in the U.S. providing the best return on investment to emergency medical technician (EMT) graduates.

Fire Science Online recently identified the programs that offer the best value as a way to help students and families make informed decisions.

“People’s lives depend on the quality of care provided by EMTs and paramedics,” said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. “I commend our colleges for providing the job training needed to ensure the needs of our state are met while helping graduates achieve significant return on their investments.”

Since 2006, 88% of the graduates from SPC’s Emergency Medical Technician program have found jobs in the field, continued their education or entered the military.

“St. Petersburg College’s EMS program has a long tradition of excellence, with many of our graduates holding leadership positions in EMS and public safety agencies,” said Nerina J. Stepanovsky, program director and professor of EMS. “Our graduates make a difference in people’s lives every day. We will continue to offer high quality education to our EMT and paramedic students, leading to challenging employment and continuing education/degree options.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for paramedics and emergency medical technicians will grow by 33 percent between 2010 and 2020.

Florida led the rankings as the state with the most institutions named to the top 80. Besides SPC, the other top Florida programs were at Broward College, College of Central Florida, Santa Fe College, Hillsborough Community College, Eastern Florida State College, Pensacola State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Tallahassee Community College, Gulf Coast State College, Pasco-Hernando Community College, Northwest Florida State College,Valencia College, Palm Beach State College, Miami Dade College, Seminole State College of Florida, Polk State College, Indian River State College, Edison State College and Daytona State College.

More than 1,100 colleges in the U.S. offer EMT programs. Fire Science Online identified programs with the highest return on investment using national salary, tuition, enrollment and accreditation data. The list recognizes the institutions with significantly lower-than-average tuition rates in states where graduates are well paid.

“The cost of attending college is a concern for many students and their families,” said Chancellor Hanna. “I am extremely proud of our colleges for offering affordable, high-quality EMT programs that reward students with a good return on investment.”

The Florida College System shares graduation rates, employment statistics and earnings data for all programs through the Smart College Choices web portal.
For more information, view Fire Science Online’s rankings.

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