MS in Prosthetics and Orthotics

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Overview

Orthotics and Prosthetics is the evaluation, fabrication and custom fitting of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces.  Orthopedic braces, or orthoses, are used to stabilize or unload joints, normalize motion and stresses on tissue, substitute for muscle weakness or paralysis, and assist in normal growth, development and function.  Orthoses can be applied to the head, neck, trunk, or limbs.  Artificial limbs, or prostheses, are used to replace missing limbs or portions of limbs, and to restore more normal function of the upper or lower extremities.

Orthotists and prosthetists work in a variety of settings, including private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, and home health settings.  Orthotists and prosthetists are currently in high demand, and the demand is expected to increase in the future. 

Orthotists and prosthetists are part of the health care team, and as such, work with physicians, therapists, and other health care professionals to provide the orthotic and prosthetic needs of patients.  Orthotists and prosthetists are responsible for 1) performing a comprehensive assessment of the patient's orthotic/prosthetic needs, 2) creating a comprehensive orthotic/prosthetic treatment plan to meet the needs and goals of the patient, 3) performing the necessary procedures to deliver the appropriate orthotic/prosthetic services, which may include fabrication of the orthosis/prosthesis, 4) providing continuing patient care and periodic evaluation to assure/maintain/ document optimal fit and function of the orthosis/prosthesis, 5) participating in personal and professional development through continuing education, training, research and organizational affiliations, and 6) developing, implementing and/or monitoring policies and procedures regarding human, business, and organizational management.

MS in Prosthetics and Orthotics

The MSPO Program is five consecutive terms in length, including one summer term, and requires a total of 66 credits. It is designed to meet all standards for accreditation by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) and for preparing students to complete residencies and take the American Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics examinations.

The curriculum includes clinical internships at various internship sites which are available in the Pittsburgh area and throughout the country.  The first set of internships are integrated into the curriculum and are completed within the Pittsburgh area.  During the last term of the Program, the student completes a more extensive internship, and the student may have to relocate out of the Pittsburgh area during this term.  We can work with the student to set up additional internship sites for this final term if necessary. 

Accreditation Status

The Master of Science Program in Prosthetics and Orthotics has been granted accreditation by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). Our graduates are fully eligible for NCOPE residencies, and, upon successful completion of an NCOPE residency, they are fully eligible to take the certification examinations of the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC).

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fee rates for the MSPO program can be found at the following websites:

Tuition

University Fees:  

In addition to University Fees, the following MSPO courses have lab fees associated with them:

Term

Course

Fee

Fall Term 1st year

HRS 2773 – Introduction to Materials

$250

Fall Term
(2nd year students)

HRS 2781 Upper Extremity Orthotics

$375

HRS 2881 Upper Extremity Prosthetics

$500

Spring Term
(1st yr students)

HRS 2785 Lower Extremity Orthotics I

$500

HRS 2883 Trans-Tibial Prosthetics

$625

Summer Term

HRS 2786 Lower Extremity Orthotics II

$375

HRS 2783 Spinal Orthotics

$375

HRS 2885 Transfemoral Prosthetics

$375

 

Total for Program

$3375

 

 

For more information, please contact Ashli Molinero, DSc at ashli@pitt.edu or 412-383-6705.

 

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