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Orthotics and Prosthetics Program

Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics (M.S.)

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The College of Health Sciences is developing an Orthotics and Prosthetics Program designed to help you build a career as a self-directed and client-centered clinical orthotist and prosthetist. The launch date for the program is slated for August 2023 with an anticipated class size of 20 students.

Our program faculty and embedded residency site preceptors will prepare you to be a capable orthotist and prosthetist clinician and crafter of technologies through a process of specialized coursework in conjunction with systematic applied clinical, technological and scientific inquiry experiences. Your dedication and our expertise will combine to enable you to develop your career as a member of tomorrow’s healthcare team.  

Our Orthotics and Prosthetics Program page is continually evolving, so please check back periodically as we get more information populated on this site! To receive more information about Midwestern University’s Orthotics and Prosthetics Program, please use the above ‘Request Information’ feature.

Program
Master of Science

Location
Glendale, AZ; On-Campus delivery (1st year); Off-Campus reidency and online courses (2nd & 3rd years)

Duration
30 months, full-time

Intake
August

Class Size
20


The 30-month Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics degree is designed to prepare the newest generation of Orthotist and Prosthetist professionals as client-centered clinician-scholars. The 156 credit hour curriculum consists of two connected phases of learning, a 12 month on-campus didactic-formative phase, and an 18-month off-campus evidence-based practice phase.  The 30-month continuum of learning begins with a 12-month didactic phase, where students engage in clinically oriented coursework involving client-centered assessment and treatment, movement sciences, anatomical and physiological sciences, orthosis/prosthesis engineering design and crafting, scholarly inquiry, and interprofessional collaboration. During the 18-month residency/evidence based practice phase, students are matched to a series of planned residency site rotations involving a network of clinical site preceptors and faculty that guide students to achieve individualized learning goals.

The interprofessional Orthotics and Prosthetics graduate program is housed in MWU’s College of Health Sciences, together with related rehabilitation programs such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Graduate Nurse Practitioner. As the only program of its kind in Arizona and one of just 15 nationwide, the program will leverage MWU’s strengths in interprofessional clinical care.

Leading Edge Facilities

  • Gait and Motion Analysis Lab
  • Clinical Skills Simulation Labs
  • Human Anatomy Labs
  • Clinical Assessment and Treatment Skills Lab
  • Technology Design and Crafting Labs
  • Machine Room
  • Thermoforming Room
  • Digital Shape Capture and 3-D Printing Labs

The Orthotics and Prosthetics Program at Midwestern University received approval by the state of Arizona Board of Private Post-Secondary Education in April 2022. The program is seeking accreditation by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education. The program has initiated the process for submitting an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status, nor does it assure that the program will be granted Accreditation. National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education, 330 John Carlyle St., Ste. 200, Alexandria, VA 22314, Tel: 703-836-7114 http://ncope.org/

Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics Proposed Course Sequence  (7/7/22)

 

Phase, Year, Quarter, and Course Title

Credit

Hours

DIDACTIC-FORMATIVE PHASE

Year 1 Fall Quarter

Interprofessional Healthcare I

0.5

Master’s Portfolio I

0.5

Preparation for Residency / Evidence-Based Practice Phase I

2.0

Preparation for Capstone Research I

1.0

Introduction to Orthotics and Prosthetics

1.0

Materials, Methods and Engineering Concepts in Orthotics and Prosthetics

5.0

Clinical Biomechanics and Kinesiology

2.0

Functional Human Anatomy

5.0

                                                      Total

17.0

Year 1 Winter Quarter

Interprofessional Healthcare II

0.5

Master’s Portfolio II

0.5

Preparation for Residency/ Evidence-Based Practice Phase II

2.0

Preparation for Capstone Research II 

1.0

Clinical Gait Analysis

2.0

Pathophysiology and Clinical Conditions

3.0

Principles of Orthoses, Footwear and Biomechanical Motion Control I

3.0

Application and Treatment Process of Orthoses and Footwear I

5.0

                                                                                               Total

17.0

Year 1 Spring Quarter

Interprofessional Healthcare III

0.5

Master’s Portfolio III

0.5

Preparation for Residency / Evidence-Based Practice Phase III

2.0

Preparation for Capstone Research III

1.0

Principles of Orthoses, Footwear and Biomechanical Motion Control II

3.0

Application and Treatment Process of Orthoses and Footwear II

4.0

Principles of Prostheses and Biomechanical Motion Control I

3.0

Application and Treatment Process of Protheses I

4.0

Total

18.0

Year 1 Summer Quarter

Master’s Portfolio IV

1.0

Preparation for Residency / Evidence-Based Practice Phase IV 

2.0

Preparation for Capstone Research IV

1.0

Principles of Prostheses and Biomechanical Motion Control II

3.0

Application and Treatment Process of Prostheses II

5.0

Technologies and Healthcare Innovations

2.0

Total

14.0

Didactic-Formative Phase Total

66.0

RESIDENCY / EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE PHASE

Year 2 Fall Quarter (Rotation 1)

Capstone Research I

2.0

Evidence-Based Practice Seminar I

1.0

Residency Rotation I

12.0

Total

15.0

Year 2 Winter Quarter (Rotation 2)

Capstone Research II

2.0

Evidence-Based Practice Seminar II

1.0

Residency Rotation II

12.0

Total

15.0

Year 2 Spring Quarter (Rotation 3)

Capstone Research III

2.0

Evidence-Based Practice Seminar III

1.0

Residency Rotation III

12.0

Total

15.0

Year 2 Summer Quarter (Rotation 4)

Capstone Research IV

2.0

Evidence-Based Practice Seminar IV

1.0

Residency Rotation IV

12.0

Total

15.0

Year 3 Fall Quarter (Rotation 5)

Capstone Research V

2.0

Evidence-Based Practice Seminar V

1.0

Residency Rotation V

12.0

Total

15.0

Year 3 Winter Quarter (Rotation 6)

Capstone Research VI

2.0

Evidence-Based Practice Seminar VI

1.0 

Residency Rotation VI

12.0

Total

15.0

Residency/Evidence-Based Practice Phase Total

90.0

Degree Total

156.0

Candidates for admission to the Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics degree must submit the following documented evidence:

  • Completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) from a regionally accredited institution before matriculation
  • Completion of specified sequence of prerequisite courses with grade of “C” or higher:
  • Prerequisite Courses:

Course

Minimum Credits

ALife Sciences/Biology

(Lab recommended but not required)

3 semester credits OR

4.5 quarter credits

 

AChemistry

(Lab is recommended but not required)

3 semester credits OR

4.5 quarter credits

 

A, BGeneral Physics I with Lab

4 semester credits OR

6 quarter credits

AHuman Anatomy

(Lab is recommended but not required)

3 semester credits OR

4.5 quarter credits

 

AHuman Physiology

(Lab is recommended but not required)

 

3 semester credits OR

4.5 quarter credits

 

Psychology

3 semester credits OR

4.5 quarter credits

Statistics

2 semester credits OR

3 quarter credits

Algebra/Trigonometry

2 semesters OR

3 quarter credits


Notes regarding prerequisite courses:

ANo survey courses fulfill science prerequisites.

BNo online lab is accepted.

Life experience credits do not count toward fulfillment of any prerequisite courses.

  • Courses in which “credit” or grades of “pass” are earned will be counted only when applicants can provide verification that the earned grades were equivalent to grades of C or higher (grades of C- are not acceptable).
  • Completion of prerequisite courses must occur prior to matriculation.
  • Applicants must determine which prerequisites are missing and which courses must be taken to fulfill any outstanding prerequisites.

  • A minimum cumulative science prerequisite and undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstration of excellent oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  • Successful completion of an interview (by invitation) with faculty (scheduled during final application review).
  • Demonstration that applicant has thoroughly investigated the scope and profession of Orthotics and Prosthetics O&P:
    • Applications can be strengthened by:
      • Documenting a minimum of 50 hours of clinical and technical exposure (e.g., shadowing, observing, volunteering) in rehabilitation medicine and/or O&P
      • Interviews that demonstrate applicant understanding of the profession of O&P
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals that can comment on the applicant’s academic and clinical achievements and potential for successful graduate study
  • Submission of a personal statement regarding interest in the field
  • Successful completion and passage of Midwestern University’s Criminal Background Check
  • Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy


US Employment Projections

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for orthotists and prosthetists is projected to grow 22% from 2016-2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Similarly, a report released by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education in 2015 indicated the number of credentialed orthotists and prosthetists will need to increase approximately 60% by 2025 to meet the growing demand for their services (NCOPE June 2015 report).

Median Salary

The median annual salary for orthotists and prosthetists was $70,190 in 2020. Note that the salary is also dependent upon location and years of experience (U.S. News Orthotist and Prosthetist Salary, 2022).    

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