CPO, Hanger Clinic
"At CSP, I know there is a strong community of professionals, mentors, and professors who are just as accessible today as they were when I was a student."
Katelyn Ell is a graduate of Concordia University, St. Paul’s Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics (MSOP) program. In addition to graduation, she has recently reached the highest level of certification in the O&P field as a CPO. Katelyn checked in with us to share her CSP experience and how it influenced her path to earning her Certified Prosthetic/Orthotist (CPO) certification. Her insight below:
“I truly enjoyed my experiences through the CSP program. I loved the balance between the rigidity and flexibility of the program. I was able to have clear and defined goals throughout the program, and I was also able to hold employment which helped offset the cost of the program.
The instructors were all engaging and willing to help whenever possible. I felt motivated by that fact, the program felt inviting rather than intimidating. I also had the privilege of being a part of a very supportive and community-oriented cohort. We all wanted each other to be successful.
Going through the certification exams, I felt like all the ‘stuff’ was there…one just has to dig in and engage the subject matter. Looking back, I am grateful.
It is a long journey between starting a program, going through residencies, and taking the certification exams. Now that it is behind me, it really did go by fast. There is a part of me that feels like it is surreal… I am now responsible for my patient’s orthotic and prosthetic well being. That is intimidating still, but I have learned a sense of respect and humility. I know there is a strong community of professionals, mentors, and professors who are just as accessible today as they were when I was a student.
There is not much I would do differently looking back on my time at Concordia or Century College. I know now how important the ‘basics’ are in building the foundation to become a strong CPO. We were exposed, it was all there, and now I can see that. Fortunately, I saved my notes!”