Curriculum

UT Southwestern’s Prosthetics-Orthotics Program was established in 1982. The profession’s move to Master’s-level preparation has given us the opportunity to revise and re-sequence the curriculum to deliver the clinical, technical, and practice-management skills you need for a successful, fulfilling career.

Two Prosthetics-Orthotics students work with a patient with a lower limb prosthesis

To prepare you for patient care, we teach from a strong clinical, evidence-based perspective. Each member of our faculty practices in our integrated clinic. We teach by example, share clinical scenarios, and include students in selected clinical activities. At every stage in the program, you’ll apply the skills you learn through the casting, fabrication and fitting of orthoses and prostheses with patient models. These volunteers—with a wide range of conditions and needs—provide a rich opportunity to understand and meet the needs of actual patients.

As part of the program, you’ll engage in research projects and community service activities.You’ll also receive hands-on clinical training on campus and in local clinics and complete a one-month intensive clinical experience at an off-campus location.

We provide a portion of the curriculum online through the Moodle course-management platform on a student-designated server. This gives you easy access to lectures and handouts when and where you need them.

We’ve sequenced the curriculum to create an effective and efficient path for learning. All of the courses in a given semester are prerequisites for the courses that follow in the next semester.

Degree Plan

13 Total Credit Hours Per Term

60 Total Program Hours

  • HCS 5308 Human Anatomy Lecture | 3 Credit Hours
  • HCS 5309 Human Anatomy Dissection Lab | 3 Credit Hours
  • HCS 5407 Human Physiology | 4 Credit Hours
  • HCS 5207 Introduction to Neuroscience | 2 Credit Hours
  • MPO 5101 Introduction to Laboratory Skills and Materials in Prosthetics and Orthotics | 1 Credit Hours

17 Total Credit Hours Per Term

60 Total Program Hours

  • MPO 5102 Clinical Evaluation Tools | 1 Credit Hours
  • HCS 5306 Introduction to Pathology | 3 Credit Hours
  • MPO 5203 Biomechanics of Human Movement 1 | 2 Credit Hours
  • MPO 5504 Orthotic Management of the Lower Limb 1 | 5 Credit Hours
  • MPO 5505 Prosthetic Management of the Lower Limb 1 | 5 Credit Hours
  • HCS 5106 Professional Development | 1 Credit Hours

14 Total Credit Hours Per Term

60 Total Program Hours

  • MPO 5106 Biomechanics of Human Movement 2 | 1 Credit Hours
  • MPO 5407 Orthotic Management of Lower Limb 2 | 4 Credit Hours
  • MPO 5308 Orthotic Management of the Spine | 3 Credit Hours
  • MPO 5409 Prosthetic Management of the Lower Limb 2 | 4 Credit Hours
  • HCS 5230 Health Care Research/Evidence Based Medicine | 2 Credit Hours

8 Total Credit Hours Per Term

60 Total Program Hours

  • MPO 5310 Prosthetic Management of the Upper Limb | 3 Credit Hours
  • MPO 5411 Clinical Experience | 4 Credit Hours
  • MPO 5112 Clinical Research 1 | 1 Credit Hours

8 Total Credit Hours Per Term

60 Total Program Hours

  • MPO 5313 Orthotic Management of the Upper Limb | 3 Credit Hours
  • MPO 5115 Clinical Research 2 | 1 Credit Hours
  • MPO 5316 Contemporary Practice and Synthesis | 4 Credit Hours
Some sequencing may change from year to year without notice. For detailed course descriptions, please download our catalog.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Master of Prosthetics-Orthotics Program, a candidate must:

  1. Demonstrate a high order of scholarly achievement in prosthetics-orthotics, including appropriate professional competencies. (The program’s Student Progress Committee determines whether adequate mastery has been acquired.)
  2. Complete satisfactorily a minimum of 60 semester hours in the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions.
  3. Discharge all financial obligations to the medical center. (In the event of nonpayment, the Dean may take one or more actions: a) deny readmission; b) withhold the student's grades and official transcript; and/or c) withhold the degree to which the student would otherwise be entitled.)
  4. Complete the academic requirements listed in the degree plan, including completion of any academic deficiencies in prerequisite courses, by the times stated in the student's official letter of acceptance, and submit official documentation of successful completion to the Office of the Registrar.
  5. Maintain at least a 2.7 cumulative grade-point average with no academic deficiencies and no incompletes.
  6. Pay a graduation fee designated to partially offset the costs associated with the diploma and diploma cover production, regalia, and the commencement ceremony. All students completing a degree or certificate must pay the fee whether they attend the commencement ceremony or not.