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Prosthetics & Orthotics

O&P Practitioners (from opcareer.org)

An orthotist is an allied health professional who is specifically trained and educated to provide custom-designed orthoses (external orthopedic braces) and related patient care.

A prosthetist is an allied health professional who is specifically trained and educated to provide custom-designed external prostheses (artificial limbs) and related patient care.

An orthotist/prosthetist is an allied health professional who is trained to custom make and fit both orthoses and prostheses. When referring to a single- or dual-credentialed O&P professional, one is often referred to as an O&P practitioner.

Coursework required for the Masters In Prosthetics and Orthotics (MPO) at UW

  • One life science course w/lab (i.e biology, microbiology, etc.) - Biology 180 General Biology OR Microbiology 301 & 302
  • Two course physics series w/labs - Physics 114, 117 and 115, 118
  • One chemistry course w/lab - Chemistry 120 Inorganic Chemistry
  • One anatomy course w/lab* - Biological Structures 301 Human Anatomy
  • One physiology course w/lab - Biology 118, 119 Human Physiology and lab
  • One general psychology course - Psychology 101
  • One course in developmental or abnormal psychology - Psych 203 OR Psych 206
  • One statistics course - Statistics 220 Basic Statistics
*or a two course A&P series w/labs

Things to be aware of

The MPO program at UW requires a baccalaureate degree.

The MPO program also requires involvement in activities or work related to the health professions. Applicants are encouraged to work or volunteer in the profession itself. The program requires three reference forms from individuals who can assess your aptitude for health care.

Websites to visit

General advice

There are 12 masters level programs for Prosthetics and Orthotics Practitioners in the US.  Students are encouraged to apply widely.