Concordia St. Paul News

October 7, 2014

Concordia Expands Graduate Offerings with Addition of MS in Orthotics & Prosthetics

Concordia University, St. Paul, through a collaborative partnership with Century College, is offering a new Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics (MSOP) with an initial start date of Oct. 27, 2014.

Changes in requirements for orthotics and prosthetics professionals by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) prompted Concordia and Century to develop this new program. The MSOP degree is now the standard educational requirement for students seeking careers as orthotists and prosthetists.

This program involves the study of 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.

Concordia also partners with Century College to offer a Bachelor of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics (BSOP), with the coursework serving as a prerequisite for the MSOP.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Century College and their orthotics and prosthetics program for the delivery of this degree,” said Kinesiology and Health Sciences Assistant Professor Katie Fischer. “The graduates of this degree will receive the educational preparation to become leaders within the orthotics and prosthetics field especially as healthcare needs continue to change.”

The 33-credit MSOP program is offered primarily online with several required on-campus intensives for students on Century College’s campus.