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2024-2025 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Orthotics and Prosthetics [M.S.]

Location(s): In-person/hybrid

Eastern Michigan University offers an accredited Master’s of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics program. The EMU MSOP program provides an entry point into the exciting allied health profession of orthotics and prosthetics where practitioners work to improve the quality of life of their patients. Orthotists and prosthetists provide care for a wide range of individuals who require support, protection, assistance, or replacement of a body part. Graduates of this program are employed by hospitals, universities and private practices where they participate in patient care and research.

At EMU, we believe the best way to learn O&P is hands-on. Our students are trained in how to evaluate, design, fabricate and fit orthotic and prosthetic devices to enhance or restore function, decrease pain or deformity, and aid in healing. To provide an engaging and productive experience, lab and clinical classes have a maximum of 12 students.

The mission of the EMU Master’s of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics program is “to foster the education and training necessary to develop professionals committed to improving orthotic and prosthetic outcomes. As life-long learners, our graduates will be prepared to apply and advance the profession’s knowledge and evidence base.” To achieve this, the MSOP program utilizes an interactive student-centered approach to learning, in the areas of clinical care, research, and interprofessional education. Coursework includes both academic and clinical subjects, as well as clinical rotations and a capstone project, with the goal of preparing graduates for residency and board certification.

Program Admission

Admit Terms and Deadlines

Students will start the program in the Fall.

Please note that all requirements, including the OPCAS application and transcripts, must be completed by November 15th.

Applicants to the Orthotics and Prosthetics program undergo a thorough assessment and interview process for admission. It’s a highly competitive program, and meeting the requirements doesn’t guarantee acceptance. As a result, only a select few are granted admission.

Notification of Admission

  • Candidates will be notified of either acceptance or nonacceptance no later than December 31st.
  • Admitted applicants must commit to the program by March 1st
  • Non-accepted candidates will be ranked and may be contacted and offered admission after March 1st if any initially admitted applicants decline acceptance.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

For full admission, applicants must have 1) Earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution, 2) a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program. Conditional admission may be available to applicants not meeting minimum admission requirements.

Program Requirements

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Previous completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an academically accredited college or university with a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale. Strong applicants have a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • The following pre-admission courses must be completed within ten years before enrollment with a grade of B- or better:
    • Biology (3 credits)
    • Chemistry (3 credits)
    • Physics (3 credits)
    • College Trigonometry (or higher math) (3 credits)
    • Statistics (3 credits)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology (6 credits)
    • Psychology (Choose one: General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or Abnormal Psychology) (3 credits)
  • Submit three professional letters of reference, with at least one from an orthotics or prosthetics practitioner.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged but not required to have observation hours in orthotics and prosthetics. Strong applicants will have at least 100 hours of observation with a certified orthotist/prosthetist. The majority of hours should be completed before applying. 
  • International applicants must submit official TOEFL results with a minimum combined score of 95.

The GRE is optional and not required for admission. If an applicant chooses to submit their scores, they can be sent using the EMU Institution Code: 1201.​​​​​​​

Background Check

Applicants for the Orthotics and Prosthetics program at Eastern Michigan University must be free of offenses that would disqualify one for employment in a health-related field or sit for a state licensing exam. In addition, all students are required to complete a background screening before beginning clinical rotations.


Your application will be submitted using OPCAS, a Centralized Application Service (CAS) hosted by Liaison. After reviewing the admission requirements, please review the application instructions and select the appropriate application.

Domestic Applicants Within the application, follow the instructions to submit an official transcript from all previously attended institutions.

International Applicants Before applying, applicants must review the international application/process deadlines at emich.edu/international as they may differ from general program requirements.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.


School Information

Health Promotion & Human Performance 319J Porter, 734.487.2815

Christopher Herman, PhD, Director

Advisor Information

Rebecca Spragg, Assistant Professor, 245A Rackham, 734.487.0487

Program Information

Continuation Requirements

  • The student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0
  • B- is the lowest passing grade for non-clinical courses.

Clinical Courses

  • A grade of B or higher is necessary to complete a clinical course successfully.
  • If a student receives a grade of B- in a single clinical course, the student may be allowed to retake an exam or to re-do a project at the discretion of the instructor to demonstrate competence in the subject of the course. If the student can demonstrate competence in the subject of the course (the equivalent of earning a ”B”), they may continue in the program and their previously earned ”B-” will remain on their transcript. If the exam or the revised project does not demonstrate competence in the material covered in the course, the student will have to retake the course at its next offering.
  • Clinical courses include:

Clinical Affiliations

  • As part of ORPR 620 Clinical Affiliation I , students will be assigned to affiliated clinical facilities to observe and participate in the orthotic and prosthetic management of patients. This affiliation will be arranged and supervised by the Clinical Director.
  • All clinical affiliations must be done at facilities that have Affiliation Agreements with Eastern Michigan University. Students may register for ORPR 620 Clinical Affiliation I  after successful completion of the following courses: ORPR 580 , ORPR 515 , ORPR 540 .
  • Clinical affiliations must be scheduled for at least one day per week and at least 4 hours per day. A minimum of 16 hours per week and a minimum of 4 weeks per site are required.
  • A potential conflict of interest may occur when a clinical training site is also the student’s place of employment. In such cases, the student must notify the Program Director before beginning the clinical rotation. At the Program’s discretion, the student may be reassigned to an alternate clinical experience. In no cases may a student’s training overlap with employment.
  • Documentation of clinical affiliation is the responsibility of the student. This documentation includes:
    • Clinical Affiliation Encounter log
    • Evaluation by Preceptor
    • Case Studies
  • Students must have completed training in the following areas with certification where appropriate:
    • Infection control
    • Body substance precautions
    • First Aid Principles
    • CPR/AED
    • HIPAA
  • Students must submit a completed background check by CertifiedBackground.com or equivalent approved by the Clinical Director.
  • Students must submit documentation of either immunization or immunity for the following
    • Rubella (German Measles)
    • Mumps
    • Rubeola (Measles)
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • Tetanus
    • Hepatitis B or statement of declination
    • Tuberculosis - If positive, the student must have radiographic analysis to confirm the absence of active tuberculosis
    • Flu - If required by the site(s), a student will need a flu shot.
  • The student must have health care insurance through either EMU or other coverage

Continuity of Enrollment

The courses in the MSOP program are designed to be taken as offered in a given semester and in the sequence offered from semester to semester. The following policies are instituted to ensure that there is as little disruption to this scheme as is possible:

  • ORPR 580 Introduction to Orthotics and Prosthetics  may be taken as an elective. Students who have completed the course may apply for admission to the next year’s cohort. However, this course, if it is applied for the Master’s in Orthotics and Prosthetics Program, may not be used for completion of another degree as well.
  • If a student is not enrolled for a semester, or does not successfully complete a semester for other than academic reasons, he/she must wait until the missed classes are offered again to continue in the program, and pass competency examinations for the previously completed course(s) to ensure retention of previously studied materials.
  • If a student misses enrollment for more than one academic year, for whatever reason, he/she must re-apply for admission to the program and will be considered for readmission on a space available basis.


Students will be dismissed from the program for any of the following reasons:

  • receives a final grade of lower than a “B-” in any O&P Program course 
  • receives a fourth final grade of less than “B” in any O&P Program course
  • receives more than one grade lower than a “B” in a clinical course 
  • attains a final cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 at the conclusion of the O&P Program curriculum 
  • fails to successfully complete and pass the end-of-program Comprehensive Examination after two attempts 
  • Unethical or unprofessional behavior in lab, classroom, with patients, or in clinical rotations. 

Degree Requirements: 60 hours

For degree completion, students must complete the following 60 hours of coursework with an overall GPA of 3.0 and pass a comprehensive exam. Didactic coursework is held mostly on weekdays and evenings. Clinical affiliations are offered during the Summer semester.

Required Orthotics Courses: 14 hours

Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” in all of the following courses.

Required Prosthetics Courses: 12 hours

Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” in all of the following courses.

Critical Graduation Information

Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.