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 beyond since that was the year our first class of students began the MS-Orthotics & Prosthetics program. There will be new data posted once the class of 2016 graduates and reports their residency and employment data.

  • 2012 Graduates: 17 of 24 students (70.8%) completed a residency and gained employment.
  • 2013 Graduates: 13 of 14 students (92.9%) completed a residency and gained employment.
  • 2014/2015 Graduates: No data to report
  • 2016 Graduates: TBD

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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Required Courses
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
OP - 500 Ethics and Compliance 3
OP - 530 Research Methods 3
OP - 525 Epidemiological Stat Analysis 3
OP - 505 Lower Extremity Orthotic Mgmt 3
OP - 510 Spinal Orthotic Management 3
OP - 515 Upper Extremity Orthotic Mgmt 3
OP - 520 Trans-Tibial Prosthetic Mgmt 3
OP - 535 Trans-Femoral Prosthetic Mgmt 3
OP - 540 Upper Extremity Prosthetic Mgt 3
OP - 545 Orth & Prosth Practice Mgmt 3
OP - 595 Master's Thesis 3
OP - 590 Master's Capstone 3

This course explores ethical considerations for orthotics and prosthetics in a healthcare setting. Students will critically analyze ethical concepts, which influence the development of healthcare policies and regulations in the orthotics and prosthetics fields. The course will further examine the relevance of ethical considerations in healthcare compliance.

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This course examines the various research methodologies used in orthotics and prosthetics. It provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies including research design, data collection and analysis, interviewing, case studies, and action science. The philosophy, ethics, and politics of research are introduced.

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Students will examine the concepts, methods, and usage of statistical data within the context of epidemiological research. This course will include statistical analysis including descriptive and inferential statistics in research topics including disease mortality, risk factors, chronic diseases, and cancer and immunity. Statistical computations will form the foundation of this course, with an emphasis placed upon the use of statistics within the epidemiological research context.

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This course integrates current principles in human movement, pathology, functional assessment and measurement. Principles are then applied through the formulation and implementation of an orthotic treatment plan. The students will research, design, fabricate, and fit functional and accommodative orthotic devices for the lower limb.

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This course incorporates principles of orthopedic assessment, biomechanics, and growth and development. Principles are then applied through the formulation and implementation of orthotic treatment protocol. Students will design, fabricate, and fit corrective and supportive spinal orthoses for conditions of the spine based on evidence-based standards.

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This course integrates the knowledge gained through rehabilitation, orthopedic and functional assessment and incorporates the information into a treatment plan. Techniques are then applied through the implementation of orthotic treatment protocol. Students will research, design, fabricate, and fit upper extremity orthoses.

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This course focuses on the process of patient assessment through the formulation and implementation of a prosthetic treatment plan. It includes trans-tibial shape capturing methods with variations in socket designs and suspension techniques as used in contemporary prosthetic practice. This course utilizes evidence to base clinical decisions and to resolve clinical complications that can affect patients with lower limb amputations.

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This course emphasizes the process of patient assessment through the formulation and implementation of a prosthetic treatment plan. It integrates anatomy, biomechanics, prosthetic design principles and material science to analyze clinical challenges that can affect patients with high-level lower limb amputations.

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This course integrates anatomy, patient assessment, biomechanics, and prosthetic design principles to diagnose clinical problems that can affect patients with upper extremity deficiency. Students will design and implement a prosthetic treatment plan, fabricate and fit the trans-radial and trans-humeral prostheses. This course will also cover innovative technologies in upper limb socket design and identify advanced components to enhance upper-limb function.

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This course will examine the general business practices used in the orthotic and prosthetic industry. Topics include record keeping, time management, regulatory compliance, financial statements, human resources, marketing and legal issues. Professional issues including the certification process, personal goal setting and leadership skills assessment are also discussed. Students will apply these principles along with ethical responsibility and critical thinking skills to management practices of business decision making and strategic planning.

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The thesis provides the Orthotic and Prosthetic professional with the opportunity to synthesize the learning, which has taken place throughout the program, and to apply research principles to current Orthotic and Prosthetic topics. The thesis will serve as an assessment of student learning within the Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics program.

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The capstone option provides the Orthotic and Prosthetic professional with the opportunity to synthesize the learning, which has taken place throughout the program. It further focuses upon the practical application of knowledge within the Orthotic and Prosthetic industries. The capstone will serve as an assessment of student learning within the Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics program.

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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

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