The Prosthetics-Orthotics Program offers a solid foundational knowledge base in related sciences and teaches the clinical, professional, and technical skills sufficient to enter residency training. Graduates from this Program are trained to meet the needs of patients requiring either replacement of a partially or totally absent limb, or fitting of a brace to a disabled spine or limb. Graduates will function as leaders in prosthetic-orthotic practices and serve as active members of interdisciplinary health care teams, collaborating with other health care professionals in rehabilitating people with chronic disabling illnesses, injuries, or birth defects.
Successful graduates will have the necessary skills to assess physical and functional deficits using a variety of evaluation procedures and measurements to determine the nature and extent of the patient’s needs and plan a treatment approach based on an analysis of individual patient needs, fabricate and fit prosthetic-orthotics devices, assess the effectiveness of the fit and function of devices, and make appropriate adjustments when indicated. Furthermore, Program graduates will have the preliminary skills needed to pursue research and development in the field of prosthetics-orthotics and will be able to contribute to clinical research, professional meeting scientific content, and publish articles in professional journals.
To ensure that graduates are eligible for certification and licensure, the Master of Prosthetics-Orthotics Program has earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the National Commission on Prosthetic & Orthotic Education.