CSPO makes careers
The Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics, located in purpose-built premises in Phnom Penh, was founded in 1994. Three physical rehabilitation clinics, which provide free treatment for people with disabilities who live in poverty, are linked to the School – one at CSPO in Phnom Penh, one in Kompong Chhnang and one in Sihanoukville.
CSPO’s original purpose was to support the estimated 40,000 people injured by the explosion of landmines and other ordinance in Cambodia. Today, patients are more likely to need Prosthetics & Orthotics (P&O) support because of traumatic incidents (like road traffic accidents), congenital defects and conditions related to non-communicable diseases like diabetes or stroke.
Courses – Now and Future
CSPO was founded by The Cambodia Trust (now called Exceed Worldwide), working with partners and funders. In 1999, the School was approved to deliver P&O education to International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) Category II level. This was originally a diploma level course but is now a Cambodian Bachelor’s degree (BSc) programme.
The School’s curriculum has been extended to include a P&O Technicians course (this is undergoing assessment for accreditation at ISPO Category III level) and, in 2021, an ISPO Category I programme will be available.
Opportunities and Support for Students
CSPO specialises in the provision of P&O education for students from lower and middle income countries and hosts students from Cambodia and other nations.
It has accepted international students since 1999 and has trained people from many countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), East Timor, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Malaysia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Philippines.
Every year, 12-16 places are available on the three-year Cambodian BSc (ISPO Category II) programme.
The P&O Technicians programme is a relatively new, one-year course which can cater for up to 18 students per year.
All courses are taught in English and the required qualification and skills are outlined in the Study At CSPO section.