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Orthotics and Prosthetics

Master of Science

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 36 credit hours offered primarily online, with three one-week intensives held on Century College’s campus within their orthotics and prosthetics lab.  

Program
Details

Program Length

36 Credit Hours

Location

On Campus & Online

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.

Additional Program Information

  • The application deadline is August 1 with FALL ONLY starts each year. The 22-month program (5 ½ semesters) consists of 36 credit hours offered primarily online with three, one-week intensives held on the Century College campus.

  • Although CSP’s program is 22 months, the timeline to complete the entire O & P curriculum between Concordia and Century is longer unless a student completes the BS-Orthotics and Prosthetics degree from Concordia.

    Please view these documents for more information regarding the Concordia-Century partnership and associated timelines.

  • Upon conferral of the MSOP degree, students will need to complete an NCOPE approved residency. Students can visit the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) website for more information regarding residency eligibility and requirements.

PARTNERSHIP WITH CENTURY COLLEGE

The MS in Orthotics and Prosthetics is offered through a unique collaborative partnership between Concordia University, St. Paul and Century College. CSP and Century College representatives work closely to ensure a high-quality student experience that meets the educational needs of the orthotics and prosthetics industry.

  • Cohort Starting Semester Graduation Year of Cohort Number of Students Who Started Program Number of Students Who Successfully Graduated within 3 Years*
    Fall 2014 2016 9 9
    Fall 2015 2017 17 14
    Fall 2016 2018 21 20
    Fall 2017 2019 17 16
    Fall 2018 2020 25 25
    Fall 2019 2021 22 16
    Fall 2020 2022 24 22
    Fall 2021 In-Progress 34 TBD

    *CSP Retention rates are calculated based upon successful completion of program within 3 years

  • Graduates that Entered Residency (Employed by Residency Site)

    Graduate Year of ResidentNumber of Students Who Started the Program Approx. Two Years Prior to Graduation YearNumber of Students who Graduated within 3 YearsResidency Registration within 6 Months of GraduationOrthotic Residency FirstProsthetic Residency FirstO&P ResidencySuccessful Completion of Residency 
    20169910*3349(One did not complete)
    2017171410**6155(Two set to complete in Fall 2018. Three set to complete 2019)
    20182525251069
    2019221616853
    20202424241266
    202134TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD

    *One student from the second cohort was able to graduate early and begin their residency. (9/9 in cohort 1; a tenth student was added to NCOPE’s tracking data because of the timing of their residency)

    **One student from this cohort was able to graduate early and was counted in the previous year. This number would technically mean 11/14 graduates secured a residency within 6 months. 2 students secured residency > 6 months. Total: 13/14 graduates secured residencies.

    Date Issued by NCOPE: August 2018 (Updates will be made as official data is received from NCOPE.)

  • The Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics 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 (www.ncope.org).

  • Each state has different requirements for certification of Orthotists and Prosthetists. CSP’s MS in Orthotics and Prosthetics prepares students to take the ABC CPO board exam, which is required for licensing in all states that have state licensure. The CSP O&P program graduates can take the board exam in any state. Additionally, certain state boards may have other requirements.  Please see the contact information for O&P licensing boards here.

FAQ’s

  • The partnership between Century College and Concordia University St. Paul allows MSOP students to receive the educational preparation necessary to become a practitioner (orthotist/prosthetist) in the field. Century College has an excellent fabrication lab, so before beginning the primarily online MSOP coursework through Concordia, students take 1-2 years of O&P-specific coursework on Century’s campus.

  • The MSOP program’s accreditation is based on the combined coursework at Century College and Concordia, so all students are required to take at least the 2000-level OPCA courses. Century will make the decision as to whether the 1000-level courses are required before you can take the 2000-level. Certain practical experience and/or ABC certifications may waive some coursework.

  • This is a great option for high-performing students looking to accelerate their timeline to completion and shorten their overall time in school by one year. It allows students to complete their last year at Century College and first year at Concordia simultaneously. More details can be found here.

  • Students will need to relocate to MN while completing the on-campus Century College coursework. Once students have finished this coursework, they can live anywhere while taking the online coursework through Concordia. Students do need to be willing to return to MN three times during the last year of the program for the week-long intensives.

  • No, graduate students are not eligible for on-campus housing at Concordia.

  • Yes, all MSOP students automatically qualify for a $2,000 scholarship through the partnership with Century College.

  • We do not have a required timeframe for the prerequisites, as long as they were completed successfully (C or higher) at a regionally accredited institution.

  • No, these need to be completed prior to the start of the Fall semester.

  • The Century courses follow a more typical college schedule: on-campus and typically during the day, with a full credit load. The MSOP courses are designed for working adults, where students take one online, 8-week course at a time. Students are encouraged to work in the field while in the program, as these hours can be used for OP 580 (clinical experience) and it’s great for practical application and building connections within the field. Students who are doing the dual enrollment option are recommended to keep work to a minimum while enrolled at both schools.

Questions?

Contact O&P Admissions Counselor Kendra Ross at [email protected] or 651-603-6236.