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The Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO) is a two-year graduate program housed within the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology.

Program Summary
66 credits (full-time only)
2 years (5 terms including 1 summer term)
Program starts fall term only

What is Prosthetics and Orthotics?

Prosthetics and Orthotics 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.

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

Prosthetists and orthotists 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. Prosthetists and orthotists are responsible for the following:

  1. performing a comprehensive assessment of the patient's orthotic/prosthetic needs creating a comprehensive orthotic/prosthetic treatment plan to meet the needs and goals of the patient
  2. performing the necessary procedures to deliver the appropriate orthotic/prosthetic services, which may include fabrication of the prosthesis/orthosis
  3. providing continuing patient care and periodic evaluation to assure/maintain/document optimal fit and function of the prosthesis/orthosis
  4. participating in personal and professional development through continuing education, training, research and organizational affiliations
  5. developing, implementing and/or monitoring policies and procedures regarding human, business, and organizational management.

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Our program is one of 13 Master of Science Prosthetics and Orthotics programs in the nation. We offer a small class size and a variety of hands-on learning opportunities from the classroom to the clinic! 

Program Costs

Tuition and Fees

Information regarding tuition and mandatory University Fees is maintained by the University of Pittsburgh Office of Institutional Research (please note Pennsylvania vs Out-of-State tuition rates). This program is completed over five terms including one summer term. The tuition rates listed as “Full-Time Per Academic Year” represent two semesters of full time study (fall and spring). All students are billed on a per-credit basis in the Summer Term.

Summer Term Tuition

Summer tuition cost is the University per graduate credit rate x 11 credits.  The MSPO curriculum consists of one summer term. 

Additional Estimated Program Expenses

Withdraw/Refund Policies

Resignation/Refund Policies
Title IV Refund Policy

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.