prosthetics

Prosthetics & Orthotics

Welcome to the Department of Prosthetics & Orthotics, within the College of Health Sciences!

The MSPO Program is an entry-level professional program that prepares student practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide services to both the traditional and underserved communities in the field of prosthetics and orthotics. 

ASU is the only university in the state of Alabama to offer the Master of Science in Prosthetics & Orthotics, and only one of 13 in the nation to offer the degree. 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. The application deadline to be considered for admission is January 31.

Students will learn how to assess patients with impairment of human movement or musculoskeletal abnormalities, formulate appropriate prescription recommendations, implement O&P treatment plans using effective clinical decision-making and problem-solving skills, comply with practice management plans, and integrate in lifelong learning skills. Students will engage in educational activities in foundational and applied sciences, clinical decision-making, principles of research, application of evidence-based practice, and other necessary areas in the context of effective prosthetics and orthotics practice.

Graduates from the program will seek employment at residency sites and complete 12 months in the discipline of prosthetics or orthotics, or 18 months for both disciplines simultaneously. Completion of residency is required for eligibility in professional certification, and board certification exams are completed after this time as well. Further details on residency and certification can be found at the websites below.

National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE): www.ncope.org 
American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC): www.abcop.org 


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Mission and Objectives
Curriculum
Clinical Laboratory 
Clinical Rotations
Tuition and Costs 
Prerequisites and Application Information 
Faculty and Staff 


Accreditation

The Alabama State University MSPO Program admitted its first cohort of students in Fall 2012 and was awarded initial accreditation on March 21, 2014 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon recommendation by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE).

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Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs           
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

 


 

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Student Outcomes

The MSPO Program aims for student success throughout the program as well as in the many steps following graduation to ultimately work as a certified professional. The following chart summarizes these outcomes, following the path from graduation to residency and board certification examinations.

Cohort year

Students entering

Students graduating on time in spring

Employed by residency site within 6 months of graduation

Successful completion of residency

Achieved professional certification

2012

4

3 (1 late, in fall)

3 (1 after 6mos)

4

3

2013

8

7

5 (2 after 6mos)

6

4

2014

10

9

9

9

9

2015

9

8 (1 late, in fall)

8 (1 after 6mos)

In progress

 

2016

7

7

7

In progress

 

2018

10

In progress

 

 

 

 updated 8/2018