First Class of O&P Business Certificate Program Celebrated at National Assembly

The University of Hartford’s first graduates of the Certificate in O&P Business Management were honored during a graduation ceremony Sept. 9 during the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association’s (AOPA) 2023 National Assembly in Indianapolis.  The graduates included Bridget Augustine, Amy Bauman, CPO, Curt Bertram, CPO, Jenny Chen, Linda Calabria, Yuri Escoto, Dana Glover, Fernando Ortiz, Caciel Ruvalcaba, and Karla Spero. These individuals join Sarah Marich and Jennifer Porter who graduated during a previous iteration of the program.

The Certificate in O&P Business Management is offered at UHart’s Barney School of Business through a partnership with AOPA. It is a comprehensive certificate program that offers a series of business and management courses to provide business owners, managers, and practitioners of O&P patient care facilities, O&P manufacturers, and distributors an opportunity to explore crucial business challenges—from finance, sales, and marketing, to business operations, reimbursement policies and management.

“The Barney School of Business heartily congratulates the 2023 AOPA graduates at the National Assembly,” said Lillian Kamal, MIBA, Ph.D., associate dean of Barney.  “We offer a comprehensive certificate program that provides O&P business owners, managers, and practitioners with the acumen and skills needed to grow and succeed in business. We continue to enjoy a strong partnership with AOPA, and we look forward to welcoming many more AOPA students to our certificate program.”

“We were pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates during the 2023 National Assembly,” said Eve Lee, MBA, CAE, Executive Director of AOPA. “The Certificate in O&P Business Management is a unique leadership experience that provides an opportunity to learn fresh insights, new tools, and proven techniques for developing better business practices, all with the goal to help improve the individual’s place of business.

To learn more about the certificate, visit AOPA’s website.