MS degree program in Prosthetics and Orthotics

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Education - MSPO
On October 15, 2019 the Georgia Board of Regents voted to move the Master of Science program in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Georgia Tech to Kennesaw State. In this unprecedented transfer, program faculty, curriculum, and laboratory equipment will become a part of KSU, maintaining the rich legacy of this standard-setting program.

About: Prosthetics and Orthotics, or PO, is a vital clinical discipline combining knowledge of anatomy, physiology, allied healthcare, biomechanics, and engineering. More information about PO can be found here

History: In 2002, the Georgia Tech MSPO became the world’s first entry-level clinical prosthetics and orthotics Master’s degree program. Since that time, the national accrediting body determined that all other programs needed to move to the Master’s level. Today, there are thirteen MS-level P&O programs in the US.

The MSPO Degree: The KSU MSPO is a two-year, 48 credit hour MS degree that prepares students for clinical practice in Prosthetics and Orthotics. Following graduation, students can complete a residency and board certification exams to become Certified Prosthetist-Orthotists. CPOs combine patient care with the design and fabrication of devices. The MSPO program will be located in Prillaman Hall on the Kennesaw Campus and will be housed academically in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management in the WellStar College of Health and Human Services.

A wide variety of undergraduate degrees provide adequate preparation for the MSPO. To prepare for the pending application, students should be aware of the following expected program prerequisites, passed with a “C” or better:

  • Statistics (one lecture course)
  • Physics (lecture and laboratory)
  • Chemistry (lecture and laboratory)
  • Psychology (one lecture course)
  • Either Human Growth and Development (one lecture course) OR Abnormal Psychology (one lecture course)
  • Biology (lecture and laboratory)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (lecture courses totaling at least six semester credit hours)

In addition, the GRE is required for application.

Students are strongly encouraged to obtain 80-100 hours of volunteer/shadowing experience in clinical prosthetics and orthotics settings.

News and Updates: KSU faculty and staff are working diligently on the logistics of the move, including transfer and hiring of personnel, accreditation, curriculum, and equipment. KSU is currently seeking transfer of accreditation through the governing body, the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education, along with maintaining university-wide SACS-COC accreditation. Once completed, KSU hopes to begin its program in the Fall 2021 semester.

Applications are not currently open. Once the program is ready, prospective students will be directed either to an internal application or to the Orthotics and Prosthetics Centralized Application Service for the application to the program.

 

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