Admissions Requirements

You’re looking for an educational environment that will challenge and motivate you. To meet your expectations and satisfy accreditation requirements, we ask our applicants to be exceptionally well prepared. Here are the steps you’ll need to take to be considered:

  • Complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution by the end of May of the year you apply. (We recommend a prosthetics and orthotics-related major, such as biomechanical engineering, biomechanics, biology, or applied physiology.)
  • Earn a recommended GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in science and overall.
  • Complete and submit an online application with OPCAS available mid-July.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation. (We recommend letters from instructors, employers, undergraduate advisors, volunteer supervisors, or academic/research mentors.)
  • Demonstrate that you have visited, shadowed, volunteered, or worked in a prosthetic-orthotic practice.
  • Submit your scores from the Graduate Record Examination.
  • Submit your TOEFL scores if you’re an international student.
  • Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher.
Required CoursesCredit Hours
Biology* 8
Human anatomy and physiology with lab** 8
Physics* 8
Chemistry* 4
College algebra or higher 3
Statistics 3
Psychology (human growth and development or abnormal) 3

*All required science classes must be for science majors and include a laboratory component.
** Courses must have been taken within the last 8 years.

Essential Functions

Everyone who applies for admission to the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions, including people with disabilities, must be able to perform specific essential functions, which differ depending upon the academic program. Essential functions are the basic activities that a student must be able to perform to complete the program’s curriculum.

Applicants who cannot perform the program’s essential functions—either with or without reasonable accommodations—may not be considered for admission.

Each UT Southwestern School of Health Professions student must be able to:

  • Attend scheduled classes and laboratory sessions and be present for examination and testing.
  • Travel to practicum sites and have mobility within and around the sites.
  • Assimilate information presented via lecture, handouts, videos, discussions, computer, and/or other educational modalities.
  • Complete assignments such as written assignments, oral presentations, class participation, examinations, and computer-based activities.
  • Apply the assimilated information to appropriate clinical situations.
  • Effectively communicate with patients/clients, their families, faculty, and other professionals using oral, telephonic, written, and computer modalities in private and group settings.
  • Make effective use of learning resources at UT Southwestern and affiliated facilities.

In addition to essential functions for all students, each student in the Master of Prosthetics-Orthotics Program must be able to:

  • Participate in supervised clinical activities for 8-hour days.
  • Demonstrate sufficient vision to perform such tasks as (but not limited to) interpreting a medical record, inspecting wounds, and determining gait deviations.
  • Physically and visually utilize chemicals and power tools, while following all appropriate safety precautions.
  • Demonstrate the physical capability to work in a prosthetics and orthotics laboratory for four-hour periods.
  • Demonstrate sufficient arm strength, balance, coordination, and sensation to perform such activities as (but not limited to) patient casting, manual muscle testing, range-of-motion testing, and soft-tissue and bone evaluations.