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Orthotist/Prosthetist Schools and Colleges

Orthotists and prosthetists are required to hold a masterís degree in orthotics and prosthetics (O&D) prior to professional practice. Students earning masterís degrees must complete classes in spinal orthotics, lower and upper extremity orthotics and prosthetics, and plastics.

All graduate students must also complete clinical training under the supervision of a licensed orthotist or prosthetist. 500 hours equally split between each field is typically the minimum requirement.

It typically takes 2 years to complete a masterís degree program. There is no specific bachelorís degree students are required to earn, but all prerequisite science and math courses must be completed to be considered for admission. Admission requirements differ by program.

Most O&P specialists certify by passing the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthicsí (ABC) certification exam. You must earn a masterís degree in O&P and complete a 1 year residency program before taking the test. Those desiring to specialize in orthotics and prosthetics must complete a one year residency for both fields and pass certification exams in each specialty.

Below are listings for schools and colleges throughout the United States that offer orthotist and prosthetist programs.
  • Baker College of Flint
    1050 West Bristol Road
    Flint, MI 48507
    (810) 766-4000

  • Centralia College
    600 Centralia College Boulevard
    Centralia, WA 98531
    (360) 736-9391

  • Century College
    3300 Century Avenue North
    White Bear Lake, MN 55110
    (651) 779-3200

  • College of Southern Nevada
    6375 West Charleston Boulevard
    Las Vegas, NV 89146
    (702) 651-5000

  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
    PO Box 609
    Perkinston, MS 39573
    (601) 928-5211

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark Street
    Evanston, IL 60208
    (847) 491-3741

  • Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology: Okmulgee
    1801 East Fourth Street
    Okmulgee, OK 74447
    (918) 293-4678

  • Spokane Falls Community College
    3410 West Fort George Wright Drive
    Spokane, WA 99224
    (509) 533-3500

  • St. Petersburg College
    Box 13489
    St. Petersburg, FL 33733
    (727) 341-7752

  • University of Pittsburgh
    4200 Fifth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260
    (412) 624-4141

  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
    5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
    Dallas, TX 75390
    (214) 648-3111

  • University of Washington
    Box 355852
    Seattle, WA 98195
    (206) 543-2100

  • University of Houston
    212 East Cullen Building
    Houston, TX 77204
    (713) 743-1000

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