Prosthetics and Orthotics (combined BS/MSPO)
The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences offers a combined Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences/Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO). Graduates of the combined program (BS/MSPO) are prepared to meet the intellectual, social, cultural, and economic challenges of our changing healthcare system.
Prosthetists design, fabricate, and fit devices known as prostheses (artificial limbs) for individuals who have partial or total absence of a limb.
Orthotists design and fit devices known as orthoses (orthopedic braces) to enhance function and provide care for patients who have disabling conditions of the limbs and spine. New design innovations and advances in technology are offering dramatic benefits to people who use prostheses or orthoses. For example, advanced prosthetic knees can be controlled by microprocessors that make a more normal walking pattern possible. Braces equipped with Bluetooth devices can electronically interface with nerves to enhance motor control.
This exciting combination of material science, engineering, and health care makes the prosthetist/orthotist a uniquely qualified member of today's healthcare team. Just as the technology has advanced, so too, has the challenge of educating professionals in the prosthetics and orthotics fields.
The National Commission on Orthotics and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) mandated that all prosthetics and orthotic educational programs be elevated to the master's degree level by 2012. Our currently accredited Prosthetics and Orthotics Program offered in conjunction with Hanger Clinic has been licensed by the Department of Higher Education, State of Connecticut. We are one of nine accredited MSPO programs in the United States.
The combined BS in Health Sciences/MS in Prosthetics and Orthotics is a 5-year program. Individuals may enter the program as freshman or as transfer students, complete the undergraduate BS in Health Science, and move into the professional MSPO program. The program has been licensed by the Department of Higher Education, State of Connecticut.
Our faculty is made up of expert clinicians with advanced degrees who are committed to advancing the profession of prosthetics and orthotics and mentoring those who will become the new professionals of tomorrow.