Entry Level Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics
The entry-level Master of Science degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics (el-MSOP) degree is for individuals who wish to enter the profession of orthotics and prosthetics at the 2012 NCOPE-mandated level. The professional course work at Loma Linda University is ten quarters, which includes a 500-hour clinical affiliation supervised by the professional development committee. The professional curriculum for the entry-level Master of Science degree in orthotics and prosthetics is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, behaviors, and skills required for entry into the clinical practice of orthotics and prosthetics as published in NCOPE's 2010 standards of the profession.
Students and graduates are eligible for membership in the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics (AAOP). The objective of the association is to foster development and improvement of service and education. This organization grants student membership at a nominal cost to students of approved schools. The el-MSOP
student is required to become a member of this association while in the program and isencouraged to read the Journal of Orthotics and Prosthetics (JPO) and attend AAOP sponsored or approved local or national meetings.
Professional Practice Requirements
Satisfactory completion of the el-MSOP degree requirements qualifies the student to enter a NCOPE accredited residency site of his/her choice. After completing either a twelve (12) month prosthetic or a twelve (12) month orthotic or an (18) month combined orthoprosthetic residency, the resident then is eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the American Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC). Passing the ABC exam will award either a certification in orthotics (CO), a certification in prosthetics (CP), and or a dual certification as a certified prosthetist-orthotist (CPO). In addition to the certification depending on the State the certified practitioner intends to practice in, it might be necessary to pass a State Licensure Exam in order to practice the profession.
To be eligible for admission to the Entry-Level Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics, the applicant must have completed a minimum of 64 semester or 96 quarter credit units at a regionally accredited college or university and have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 in both science and non-science courses.
Each student is required to complete an eighty (80) hour observation field experience at one to three orthotic and prosthetics facilities of his or her choice with a letter of documentation for the hours of observation by the facility owner or clinical supervisor.
The following prerequisites and general education courses will provide the knowledge,behavior, and skills required of students in the orthotics-prosthetics program preparing them for the entry into the profession.
The el-MSOP program accepts applicants with or without an earned bachelor degree.
Students with an earned bachelor’s degree must comply with the profession’s CAAHEP
standards for admission into the el-MSOP program:
1. Full course of anatomy & physiology with lab or a full course in biology with lab.
2. Course sequence in Physics with Lab
3. Course sequence in Chemistry with Lab
5. Growth & Development - or Abnormal Psychology
Note: Grades of C- and below are not transferable for credit.
Students without an earned bachelors degree must comply with the profession's CAAHEP standards
for admission into the el-MSOP program:
Domain 1: Religion and Humanities
(24 quarter/16 semester units, minimum)
Humanities (14 quarter/10 semester units minimum)
Humanities to include one History class, one Philosophy class and one class from a
Performing/visual arts (not to exceed 4 quarter units)
There are additional humanities courses in the el-MSOP Curriculum to meet the
Religion courses are required ONLY if a student attended a Seventh-day Adventist
College or University for a portion of their prerequisites. Four quarters of religion
courses are required per year. A maximum of 12-quarter units of religion courses may
apply towards Domain I.
Domain 2: Scientific Inquiry and Analysis
(24 quarter/16 semester units, minimum)
Encompasses both the natural and social sciences. Twelve quarters or eight semester
credits are required in each field.
Natural Sciences – Required
Human anatomy and physiology with laboratory (complete sequence)
Chemistry with laboratory (complete sequence)
Physics with a lab
There are additional courses in the el-MSOP curriculum to fulfill Domain 2 Natural
Rev C - 11/12/2012- HSH
Social Sciences – Required
Growth and Developmental or Abnormal Psychology
There are additional courses in the el-MSOP curriculum to fulfill Domain 2 Social
Domain 3: Communication
(9 quarter/6 semester units, minimum)
Complete sequence in English composition that meets the baccalaureate degree
One course in basic communication skills (speech)
Domain 4: Health and Wellness
(3 quarter/2 semester units, minimum)
Two activity courses in P.E.
There are additional courses in the el-MSOP curriculum to fulfill Domain 4 Health and
Domain 5: Electives
Additional coursework to meet the minimum number of units required for admission can
be fulfilled from Domain 5 Electives.
When to Apply
Apply between October 1 and August 1. Classes begin in late September (autumn quarter) of each year. Apply early in the enrollment period to better your chances of acceptance.
How to Apply
If you are interested in pursuing the Entry Level Masters in Orthotics and Prosthetics degree,
please contact the department before you begin the admissions process.
It is helpful if you can submit copies of all of your unofficial college transcripts along with your request.
Loma Linda University
School of Allied Health Professions
Orthotics and Prosthetics Program
NH Room 1909
Loma Linda CA 92350