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The MSPO Program at Pitt 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 is integrated into the curriculum and 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 to do an NCOPE residency, and then upon successful completion of the residency, take the certification examinations offered by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC).


Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics Curriculum Overview

Fall Term, Year 1


Spring Term, Year 1


Summer Term, Year 1


Fall Term, Year 2


Spring Term, Year 2

Program Total = 65 credits

Courses

Each course in the curriculum is offered only once during the academic year, therefore, any departure from completing a course in its planned sequence (for example: failure, for any reason, to satisfactorily complete a required course; an unresolved "G" or "Incomplete" grade) will result in a one year delay in completing the course, the remaining program requirements, and the year of graduation.

Clinical Information

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 is integrated into the curriculum and will be 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.

Comprehensive Exam

At the beginning of the final term of study, a comprehensive examination will be given, covering all aspects of the Program. Students will be required to pass this examination prior to graduation.

Thesis/Non-Thesis Options

All MSPO students are required to complete at least a Capstone Project, under the direction of a faculty advisor and an additional faculty reader. However, as a substitute for the Capstone Project, the student may elect to complete a master's thesis, under the direction of a faculty advisor and thesis committee. Students electing to pursue the thesis option will complete 3 credits of Graduate Research Proposal (HRS 2924) in place of the 3 credits Capstone Project (HRS 2727) and will also complete 3 credits of Graduate Research (HRS 2925).