Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics Program to begin Summer 2011
The new Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO) program is a collaboration between the University and the Newington Certificate Program in Orthotics and Prosthetics (NCP), and will be based in the Department of Physical Therapy within the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP). The program will be taught on the University's main campus and at NCP headquarters at Hanger Orthotics and Prosthetics Inc. in Newington, Conn.
This is a field that is experiencing growing demand and dramatic technological advancements. Orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) professional organizations expect the number of patients using orthoses and prostheses in the United States to reach nearly 9.7 million by 2020. A 2006 "Workforce Demand Study" predicts that if practitioners continue to enter the field at the current rate, a number of factors (including aging baby boomers, an increased number of diabetics who have lost limbs due to their disease, and veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan) could cause the demand for practitioners to overwhelm the supply.
The program will offer two paths to obtaining a master of science in prosthetics and orthotics: freshman entry and post baccalaureate entry. Under the 3-plus-2 pathway, undergraduates can major in health sciences with a concentration in prosthetics and orthotics, and combine their fourth year of undergraduate work with their first year of graduate study.