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Prosthetics and Orthotics (combined BS/MSPO)

Combined BS in Health Science and MSPO

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences offers a combined B.S. in Health Science/ Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO). Graduates of the combined program (BS/MSPO) are prepared to meet the intellectual, social, cultural, and economic challenges of our changing health care system.

Prosthetists design, fabricate and fit devices known as prostheses (artificial limbs) for individuals who have partial or total absence of a limb. Orthotists design and fit devices known as orthoses (orthopedic braces) to enhance function and provide care for patients who have disabling conditions of the limbs and spine. New design innovations and advances in technology are offering dramatic benefits to people who utilize prostheses or orthoses. For example, advanced prosthetic knees can be controlled by micro-processors to allow clients to have a more normal walking pattern. Braces equipped with Bluetooth devices can electronically interface with nerves to enhance motor control. This exciting combination of material science, engineering and healthcare makes the prosthetist/orthotist a uniquely qualified member of today's health care team. Just as the technology has advanced, so too has the challenge of educating professionals in the prosthetics and orthotics field. 

The National Commission on Orthotics and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) has mandated that all Prosthetics and Orthotic educational programs be elevated to the Masters Degree level by 2012. The currently accredited Prosthetics and Orthotics Program offered by Newington Prosthetics and Orthotics/Hanger Inc. has joined with the University of Hartford to offer the MSPO program. The program has been licensed by the Department of Higher Education, State of Connecticut.

The combined BS in Health Sciences/MS in Prosthetics and Orthotics is a 5 year program. Individuals may enter the program as freshman or as transfer students, complete the undergraduate BS in Health Science and move into the professional MSPO program. The program has been licensed by the Department of Higher Education, State of Connecticut.

Our faculty is made up of expert clinicians with advanced degrees who are committed to advancing the profession of prosthetics and orthotics and mentoring those who will become the new professionals of tomorrow.

For more information about the fields of Prosthetics and Orthotics, visit the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics.

Looking Back - News Clip Introduces Prosthetics and Orthotics Program

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West Hartford LocalOnlineNews (April 2009) spotlights Prosthetics and Orthotics Program.   View video clip