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Transitional MSPO

Through a distance education format, our tMSPO program allows prosthetists and orthotists to prepare for dual certification while earning a master's degree.

The transitional MSPO (tMSPO) was developed in response to current demands by practicing prosthetists and orthotists and dually certified professionals. Through a distance-education format, it allows prosthetists and orthotists 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. 

The tMSPO program is open to American Board of Certification (ABC)-certified clinicians in good standing with an affiliation at an ABC-certified clinic. The facility must have had a patient population in the discipline being completed at the University of Hartford. Candidates must also identify an ABC-certified clinician in that field to act as clinical mentor. (Applicants who are already ABC-certified CPOs may complete their tMSPO degree without a clinical mentor.)

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
  • One of nine accredited programs in the United States

Program Design

Move forward in your career through the convenience of our largely online tMSPO 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 expert faculty and clinicians are committed to excellence in 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 healthcare system.

Collaborative Research

As a tMSPO 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 the 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.

For more information, contact the University of Hartford’s tMSPO Program at 860.768.4599.