Master of Science inOrthotics and Prosthetics

The Master of Science (MS) in Orthotics and Prosthetics provides educational preparation for orthotists and prosthetists in the evaluation, fabrication, and custom fitting of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces. Students will be trained on the assessment, treatment plan development, implementation, follow-up, and practice management of orthoses and prostheses. The program consists of 33 credit hours offered primarily online, with three one-week intensives held on Century College’s campus.

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Orthotics and Prosthetics Curriculum Overview

The Master of Science (MS) in Orthotics and Prosthetics provides educational preparation for orthotists and prosthetists in the evaluation, fabrication, and custom fitting of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces. Students will be trained on the assessment, treatment plan development, implementation, follow-up, and practice management of orthoses and prostheses. The program consists of 33 credit hours offered primarily online, with three one-week intensives held on Century College’s campus.

The MS in Orthotics and Prosthetics is offered through a collaborative partnership between Concordia University, St. Paul and Century College. Due to changes in the accreditation requirement through the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE), the MSOP has replaced the post-baccalaureate practitioner program previously offered through Century College. Concordia University, St. Paul and Century College representatives work closely to ensure a high-quality student experience that meets the educational needs of the orthotics and prosthetics industry.

The Century College and Concordia University-St. Paul partnership

The 2012 and 2013 graduation rates listed below are from Century College’s post-baccalaureate certificate program prior to the Century College / Concordia University-St. Paul partnership taking effect to offer the MS-Orthotics & Prosthetics program. There is no data from 2014 and 2015 because 2014 was the year our first class of students began the MS-Orthotics & Prosthetics program.

  • 2012 Graduates (Century College): 17 of 24 students completed a residency and gained employment.
  • 2013 Graduates (Century College): 13 of 14 students completed a residency and gained employment.
  • 2014/2015 Graduates: No data to report
  • 2016 Graduates (Concordia): 9 of 9 students are currently completing a residency.

Concordia University, St. Paul MSOP program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). CAAHEP logo Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 210-2350 www.caahep.org

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Prerequisite Courses

  • A grade of C or higher is required within the prerequisite coursework.
  • One of the following: General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, or Abnormal Psychology
  • Physics with lab
  • Biology with lab
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab
  • Statistics
  • 3.0 GPA or Completion of BSOP from CSP
  • Completion of Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinical Applications Diploma (link to Century College) OR equivalent skills through work experience in the field assessed by the MSOP Program Director(s). The MSOP Program Director(s) will assess the equivalent skills to determine whether the student can be exempted from this required prerequisite.

Admission Requirements

  • Apply Online
  • Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  • Submit official transcripts from Century College.
  • Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.
  • Submit a current, professional resume

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling in a graduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University’s technology requirements. Contact Concordia’s Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or 651-641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

Please submit application materials to Concordia:

by mail:
Concordia University
Office of Graduate Admissions
1282 Concordia Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

by email: graduateadmissions@csp.edu

by fax: 651-603-6320

Student Outcomes

95%95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation. (*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul)
$57,736Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor's) four years after graduation(*salary data source: mnedtrends.org)
44%CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average. (*Graduate earning data source: collegescorecard.ed.gov)

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Meet Your Professors

Katie Fischer Instructor of Kinesiology

Within her courses, Fischer works with students to analyze the determinants of health and disease, and to evaluate the importance of research within the health field.

Career Potential

The National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) released an analysis projecting O&P workforce supply and patient demand over the next ten years on June 5, 2015. According to the study, the overall number of credentialed O&P providers will need to increase approximately 60 percent by 2025 to meet the growing demand. Charles Kuffel, CPO, Chair of NCOPE said, "Although there were limitations to the study, it does fundamentally support the future need for O&P professionals and our unique skills and knowledge to provide care and services." Concordia University's unique collaborative partnership with Century College will prepare you for a future in this growing field.

  • Orthotist
  • Prosthetist
  • Dual Certified: Orthotist/Prosthetist
  • Assistant
  • Technician
  • Fitter