Orthotics and Prosthetics
The Master of Science degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics (EL-MSOP) complies with the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) established standard and level of education required of all new orthotic and prosthetic students as of January 2013.
The program requires 156 credit units for complettion over 10 quarters or 2.5 years. For students with advanced standing (BA/BS or MA/MS degrees) a minimum of 125 credit units must be taken as a student. Students must maintain a mimumum GPA of 2.4 to remain in the program. Each student is evaluated both didactically and clinically on an ongoing basis according to University standards.
The clinical affilitation including 500 hours internship are considered an intregral part of the program. Each student is required to complete these hours in order to graudate from the program. Following graudation it is the students responsibility to complete 12 calendar month each in the areas of orthotics and prosthetics in order to qualifty for taking the ABC national certification exams.
To be eligilble for admission to the Entry-level Master of Science program, 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 GPA of 3.0 in both science and non-science courses. See course requirements below. You may complete prerequisite course work at any regionally accredited college before admission.
A high school diploma or the GED is required for acceptance from applicants who do not have an earned associates or bachelors degree.
If English is not the native language, an undergraduate must submit a minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Any student with a score on the TOEFL writing test (TWE) of less than 4, will be required to do remedial work during the program and retake the TOEFL test.
It is also advisable for the student to have an 80 hour volunteer field experience at an orthotic or prosthetics facility of his or her choice with a letter of recommendation of the facility owner or clinical supervisor.
Humanities: (total of 20 qtr/14 sem. units minimum) Select courses from at least three areas: Art/Music (performing arts limited to 4 qtr units, History (required), Philosophy, Foreign Language, or Literature
Religion: a maximum of 8 qtr units may be applied)
For students who attended or are enrolled in an Adventist college, 4 qtr units per year are required.
Natural Sciences: Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab or general biology with lab (complete sequence)
Intro to Chemistry or General Chemistry with lab (complete sequence)
Intro to Physics or General Physics (one course with lab)
Social Sciences: (Two areas/12 qtr/8 sem units minimum)
General Psychology (required)
The dept recommends additional electives in the area
Communication: Freshman Composition, complete sequence
Health and Wellness: Physical Education Activity (two courses)
The dept recommends additional electives in this area
Electives: To meet minimum total of 96 qtr/64 sem units. Maximum units transferred are 105 qtr/ 70 sem units.
Observation Experience: Eighty (80) hours observing a CPO practitioner are required.
C minus grades are not transferable for credit.
Applying to the program
Online Applications are accepted beginning November 1 with a preference application deadline of January 1. The enrollment period closes March 1. It is advisable that you apply early in order to better your chances of acceptance.
Current SAHP Tuition Costs and Fees
Program Contact Information
Loma Linda University
Department of Physical Therapy
Orthotics and Prosthetics
Loma Linda CA 92350
Hans Schaepper, Program Director