College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
BS/MS in Health Sciences/Prosthetics and Orthotics
Do you have a passion for improving the health and functional mobility of people in your hometown, the country, or even around the world? Then the combined Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences/Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (BS/MSPO) may be perfect for you.
Prosthetics and Orthotics is an exciting combination of material science, engineering and health care that makes the prosthetist/orthotist a uniquely qualified member of the health care team.
The combined BS/MSPO is a 5-year program. Students may enter the program as freshmen, complete the undergraduate BS in Health Sciences, and elevate into the professional MSPO program. Transfer students are not currently accepted into the program.
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About the Program
Our combined BS/MSPO program prepares graduates to meet the intellectual, social, cultural, and economic challenges of our changing health care system. The curriculum combines a liberal arts education with a strong science core to provide the foundation for success in professional practice.
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.
Advances in technology
New design innovations and advances in technology offer dramatic benefits to people who use prostheses or orthoses. For example, advanced prosthetic knees can be controlled by microprocessors that improve gait stability and walking pattern efficiency. Braces equipped with Bluetooth devices can electronically interface with nerves to enhance motor control.
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.
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. Our smaller classes allow the faculty to devote more attention to students, getting to know you personally and understand your career goals.
The undergraduate portion of the combined BS/MSPO is a minimum of 122 credits. A sample of courses is listed below. For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Mechanics, Heat and the Body
Introduction to Prosthetics and Orthotics
Psychology Courses - 13 credits
Electives - 6 credits
General Education Requirements - 35 credits
Prosthetists and orthotists are in high demand, with employment expected to grow 22 percent from 2016 to 2026 according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Gabrielle Sinotte ‘18, graduate of BS/MSPO program
Coming into this program my freshman year, I didn’t realize how beneficial the 3+2 track would be. I will receive both a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a master’s degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics over five years, helping me start my career earlier than if I had chosen another school."
Austin Reed, BS/MSPO 2019
Austin Reed, a student in the combined BS/MSPO program, is learning how to design the types of devices that have helped him walk since he was a toddler.
“I feel like I’m good with people and I’d like to be a practitioner. And having a prosthetic will be an advantage, because I understand where the patient is coming from.”
Applicants must submit all application materials to the Office of Admission and Student Financial Assistance. Freshman applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We recommend that high school students who are interested in the Prosthetics and Orthotics program complete courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics with grades of B or higher.
Although the University does not require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores, we strongly encourage candidates for the BS/MSPO program to submit scores because they may strengthen your application. We expect you to have a minimum score of 500 each on the verbal and mathematics sections of the SAT. We expect a score of 21 on the ACT. Strong academic references are recommended.
Tuition and Financial Aid
If you are a full-time undergraduate student applying to the combined BS in Health Science and Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics Program, you will be considered for financial aid programs that the University administers. In addition to our own funds, the University of Hartford participates in all Federal Title IV Programs and Federal Family Education Loan Programs.
Residents of Connecticut and those states with reciprocal agreements with the State of Connecticut may also be eligible to receive state scholarships or grants.
The following links provide information on tuition and financial aid:
To discuss ways to finance your program of study, contact the Financial Aid Officer for the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions: