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MSPO - a Transitional Master's Program for Current Prosthetists and Orthotists

The transitional MSPO was developed in response to current demands by practicing prosthetists and orthotists and dually certified professionals. Through a distance education format, it allows the prosthetist or orthotist  to prepare for dual certification while earning the master's degree. Dually certified individuals pursue a modified curriculum leading to the master's degree alone. In each case, the graduate curriculum is tailored to meet your academic and professional needs as you pursue the highest level of clinical education available in the field. kafo

Program highlights:

  • First distance education MSPO in the United States
  • Highest level of clinical prosthetic and orthotic education available
  • Superior academic and clinical collaboration
  • Access to top quality faculty/clinicians
  • Collaborative faculty-student research

Program Design

Move forward in your career through the convenience of our largely online MSPO program without having to relocate or disrupt your life. Our program gives you access to expert faculty and the most current, practical, evidence-based curriculum delivered in a combination of online modules, DVD recordings, and videos. At the end of each clinical course, students come to the University of Hartford for a 1-2 day practical exam.

Academic Excellence

Our faculty consists of 24 expert faculty and clinicians who are committed to advancing the field of prosthetics and orthotics. They enjoy teaching and mentoring tomorrow’s professionals and preparing them to meet the intellectual, social, cultural and economic challenges that lie ahead in the rapidly changing health care system.

Collaborative Research

As an MSPO student you will participate in a faculty-led research project that will expose you to the principles of experimental design, data analysis, data collection, and ethical standards in human subject research. You will collect data in your local setting and collaborate directly with a project mentor. Your research experience will contribute to evidence-based knowledge that has the potential to influence future research and impact current clinical practice.

Program Flexibility

Since academic preparation of our applicants varies, academic portfolios are evaluated during the admission process and an individualized program is designed for you. You must, however, complete a minimum of 30 credits at the University of Hartford to earn the master's degree. This self-paced program can be completed in 1 to 3 years.

Further information

Contact the University of Hartford’s MSPO Program at
(860) 768-4599