Master of Prosthetics & Orthotics (MPO)
The University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine offers a Master of Prosthetics and Orthotics degree. The degree program is seven academic quarters in length and consists of foundational courses, research courses, and core prosthetic and orthotic courses.
Foundational courses (taken with the occupational and physical therapy students) during the first three quarters of the program provide the theoretical groundwork for the professional competencies and encourage an interdisciplinary perspective.
Core prosthetics and orthotics courses instruct students in the principles of designing and fabricating prostheses and orthoses, developing patient evaluation skills and creating individualized treatment plans. Patient volunteers participate throughout the span of the program allowing students to gain practical experience in all aspects of the clinician-patient experience.
Core courses related to research methods and evidence-based practice provide the student with the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate research, to use research evidence to inform clinical practice, and to integrate prosthetics outcome measures to evaluate clinical practice interventions.
Graduates of the UW P&O master’s program will:
- Exemplify the role of the prosthetist-orthotist by providing ethical and responsible patient-centered care.
- Demonstrate awareness of the humanity and dignity of all patients and individuals within a diverse and multicultural society.
- Serve as knowledgeable, competent, and capable members of multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams.
- Effectively and appropriately communicate with patients, peers, and other clinical service providers.
- Understand, critically evaluate, and appropriately integrate scientific evidence into clinical practice.
- Integrate knowledge of human function and prosthetic-orthotic concepts in the assessment of patients and the formulation, implementation, and follow-up of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Upon successful completion of the program, the University of Washington School of Medicine awards students a Master of Prosthetics and Orthotics degree. Following graduation, the student must complete a one-year residency in each discipline at a National Commission on Orthotics and Prosthetics Education (NCOPE) approved site. This residency requirement must be completed for eligibility to apply for the National Certification Boards administered by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABCOPP).
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