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Prosthetics & Orthotics

An orthotist fabricates and fits orthopedic braces. A prosthetist creates, designs and fits artificial limbs. Students preparing for Prosthetics and Orthotics are completing the necessary prerequisite courses to apply to the P&O program. You are taking courses that prepare you for the science skills needed for this profession and gaining experience in the application of those skills in the clinical arena.

What type of education is required?

A plan to prepare for a graduate health professional program.

Coursework required for most programs

  • Biology 180 and 200 General Biology or General Microbiology 301 an 302 lab
  • Physics 114, 117 and 115, 118 General Physics
  • Biological Structures 301 Human Anatomy
  • Biology 118, 119 Human Physiology and lab
  • Psychology 101 Introduction to Psychology, Psych 203, and Psych 206
  • Chemistry 120 Inorganic Chemistry
  • Statistics 220 Basic Statistics

Things to be aware of

Note: The current P&O program at UW is now a Master's degree. You must have a Bachelor's degree to enroll in this program.

The program 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.

Preparing for the major

Interested students should make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advising office and become familiar with the program’s website.

Websites to visit

General advice

There are only six P&O programs in the U.S. at this time. You are encouraged to apply widely because all programs are competitive.