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Master of Prosthetics & Orthotics (MPO)
Eligibility Requirements

Admission to the MPO program is based not only on academic achievement, but also on non-academic factors which ensure that candidates can complete the essential functions of the academic program required for graduation. The Division of Prosthetics-Orthotics has the responsibility to ensure that its graduates become fully competent and caring practitioners.

Enrollment in the program is limited to 12 students each year, and the application process is competitive. Candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Bachelor's Degree

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in any major from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution.

Grade Point Requirements

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B) on the most recent 60 semester or 90 quarter credits to be considered for admission. In addition, applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B) in the required prerequisite courses with no single course graded less than 2.0 (C). It is highly recommended that all prerequisite course grades be 2.5 or above. If you have any prerequisite course grade between 2.0 and 2.4, your academic record will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Grades lower than 2.0 in a prerequisite course will not be accepted.

Residency Requirements

Applications are open to residents of any state. Contact the Residence Classification Office at (206) 543-4188 or visit the residency website for information about establishing residency in Washington State.

International Applicants

International applicants must meet a Financial Ability Requirement. For details about this requirement, please read the Financial Ability Requirement information on the Graduate School's web site.

International students must have a visa status that allows academic study at the University of Washington. International applicants include students who hold U.S. visas, such as F-1, J-1 Exchange Visitors, H-1, any dependent visas or any other non-immigrant classifications. (You are not an international applicant if you hold a U.S. "Green Card or Immigrant" status.)

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores taken within the past five years. Please visit the ETS site for more information on registering and taking the test. The UW institution code is 4854.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite coursework may be taken at the University of Washington, community colleges, or at other accredited institutions of higher learning.

For applicants who have taken prerequisites at Washington State community colleges, course equivalencies can be determined using the UW Equivalency Guide. Others should compare the course descriptions in their college catalogs with the following descriptions to ensure approximate equivalencies. If you would like to have your prerequisite courses evaluated, send an email to, and write “Prereq Evaluation” in the subject line. The email should include a course description (if you still have the syllabus, please send that as well), name of the institution that offered the course, number of credits and grade for the course. Additionally, if it is part of a course sequence (as in a two course Biology series) please note that as well.

Credits may vary between institutions, and we are flexible in assessing comparable content. If you have any questions about prerequisite courses, please contact us.

Applicants must have completed at least five of the prerequisite courses either by the time of application or by the end of the term in which the application is submitted. It is highly recommended that anatomy and physiology be among the completed coursework. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entering the program in Autumn Quarter.

Applicants will be asked to submit a reasonable plan for completing any remaining unsatisfied prerequisite courses prior to program entrance.

Required prerequisite coursework:

  • Two course physics series w/labs
  • One course life science with lab (e.g. biology, microbiology)
  • One course chemistry with lab
  • One course anatomy with lab*
  • One course physiology with lab*
  • One course general psychology
  • One course in developmental psychology or in abnormal psychology
  • One course in statistics

*or a two course A&P series w/labs

Sample required prerequsite courses based on UW course names and numbers:

Introductory Biology 180 (5 credits including lab)
For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences on enroll in pre-professional programs. Topics covered in 180 include Mendelian genetics, evolution, biodiversity of life forms, ecology, conservation biology.


General Microbiology 301 (3 credits), 302 (2 credits lab)
Acquaints students with micro-organisms and their activities. Topics include microbial cell structure and function, metabolism, microbial genetics, and the role of microorganisms in disease immunity. 302 is the concurrent lab with 301.


General Physics 114 (4 credits), 117 (1 credit lab)
General Physics 115 (4 credits), 118 (1 credit lab)
Basic principles of physics presented without use of college-level mathematics.
114: mechanics and sound with concurrent lab (117)
115: heat and electromagnetism with concurrent lab (118)

Biological Structure 301 (4 credits)
General anatomy. Survey of systematic human anatomy including human skeletal, muscular, respiratory, nervous, circulatory, endocrine, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems.

Biology 118 (5 credits)
Human physiology. Human organ and systems functions.

Note: Some colleges offer a combined Anatomy and Physiology series (A&P). If you are taking A&P together, be sure to take A&P I and A&P II for a total of at least 10 credits of A&P.

Chemistry 120 (5 credits)
Atoms and molecules, including structure of atoms, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, phases of matter, solutions, equilibrium, and reaction states. Includes laboratory.

Statistics 220 (5 credits)
Basic statistics. Structure of data sets, histograms, means, and standard deviations. Correlation and regression. Probability, binomial and normal. Interpretation of estimates, confidence intervals, and significance tests.

Psychology 101 (5 credits)
Behavior from a social-science perspective. Emphasizes human social behavior and influence, personality, learning, behavior disorders and treatment. Related topics may include memory, cognition, state of consciousness, motivation and emotion, perception, development, and research methods.


Psychology 203 Introduction to Personality and Individual Differences (4 credits) Overview of the major theories, research findings, and applications in the scientific study of personality. Covers research methods and approaches to measuring personality variables


Psychology 206 Human Development (5 credits)
Theoretical perspectives and research methods in child development with an overview of historical and current works. Includes prenatal and biological development, the development of cognitive, linguistic, and social and emotional abilities.

Background Check

Students who accept a position in the MPO program will be asked to complete a comprehensive background check administered by Verified Credentials. The cost for the background check is currently $69.00.

The State of Washington requires this background check to identify individuals who have been convicted of felonies against vulnerable populations. The hospitals and clinics that are used for training are not allowed to employ or train people with these backgrounds.

Volunteer Experience (highly recommended)

Although volunteer experience is not required to apply to the program, we strongly urge applicants to gain exposure to the profession of P&O through volunteering, observing, or job shadowing. Gaining direct understanding of the daily experiences of a prosthetist-orthotist is the best way to help a potential applicant make the decision to pursue an education and career in prosthetics-orthotics. Exposure in more than one setting is ideal. To locate clinicians in a specific area, use the directory tool on The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics web site.

To learn more about the Master of Prosthetics & Orthotics (MPO) Program at the University of Washington, please explore the links below:

MPO Application Deadline

The deadline to apply to the Master of Prothetics & Orthotics program is November 15th of each calendar year.

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