Thank you for your interest in the MSPO Program at Alabama State University!
At ASU, we value diversity, and this includes unique experiences and education. There are no strict requirements for specific undergraduate degrees in preparation for prosthetics and orthotics. Student and graduate backgrounds have included disciplines within engineering, the health sciences, and even art, among other degree areas. Priority and importance is instead placed upon completion and performance in prerequisite courses.
These required courses can be found here. Included also is a description of other requirements for consideration; these include GPA and GRE/MAT scores, field observation hours, and professional recommendations.
Cohorts of 10 students are admitted once annually to begin a sequence of five semesters (Fall-Spring-Summer-Fall-Spring), at full-time enrollment. The program does not have an online option – it is in-person instruction only.
ASU utilizes the Orthotics and Prosthetics Centralized Application Service (OPCAS) to streamline and organize the application process. OPCAS is a service of the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). To apply to the program, please go to http://www.ncope.org/opcas/. All information must be submitted through OPCAS; application materials sent directly to the MSPO Program will not be processed. As well, all correspondence will take place through OPCAS, so please be sure to verify that your email contact is properly entered in their system, and OPCAS emails are not affected by your spam filters.
The application window opens annually mid-summer and closes on January 15. To meet this application deadline, please be aware that you will need to submit transcripts many weeks earlier so that they can be verified through OPCAS. The admission process often includes interviews throughout January and February, and acceptance notifications typicall occur in February and March. Instructions for completing your application to the ASU Graduate School will take place AFTER acceptance into the MSPO Program.
For any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 334-229-5888 or ASUPandO@alasu.edu.