The objective of the Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics is to provide an opportunity for qualified students to pursue a career in the orthotics and prosthetics field. This track will provide comprehensive training for students in life-science areas, including anatomy, kinesiology, pathology, and normal pathological gait.
In addition, it will provide extensive engineering training in biomechanics, material science, and the fabrication and evaluation processes of orthotic and prosthetic devices, as well as research skills. Completion of this track will prepare students for an IIOP certificate, NCOPE residency and, thereafter, for the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Practitioner Certification Exam of the American Board for Certification (ABC).
With the program embedded in the Biomedical Engineering MS program, it has the advantage of providing curricular content that will include a strong engineering base. Consequently, graduates from this track will be able effectively to incorporate new technological and materials science developments into the design and generation of future prosthetic and orthotic devices.
Applicants must have:
- a cumulative grade point average above 3.0 on a four point scale (i.e., a B) for the most recent 60 credit hours
- GRE scores higher than the minimal requirements (Verbal >142, and Quantitative >150).
*If an applicant lacks a baccalaureate degree in biomedical engineering or other engineering disciplines, applicants’ academic records will be reviewed individually and an admission recommendation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants should submit their applications through the FIU Graduate Application system.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019
- Total credits: 30
- Duration: Less than 2 years
- Admission: Fall term only
Because the track has the responsibility of ensuring that its graduates become fully competent practitioners, initial annual enrollment for the first five years must be limited to twelve students.
Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics Curriculum Overview
The curriculum of the BME Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (Orthotics and Prosthetics)
|BME Courses||Credit Hours|
|PHT 5174(L) Analysis of Movement||4|
|PHT 5303 Pathophysiology||3|
|PHT 6165 Applied Neuroanatomy||3|
|BME 6212 Solid Mechanics Applications in Physiological Systems |
PHT 6125 Clinical Biomechanics
|O&P Track Required Courses*|
|Introduction to Laboratory Skills and Materials in Prosthetics and Orthotics*||1|
|Clinical Evaluation Tools*||1|
|Orthotic Management of the Lower Limb 1*||4|
|Prosthetic Management of the Lower Limb 1*||4|
|Orthotic Management of the Spine*||3|
|BME 5941 Biomedical Engineering Internship||1|
|BME 6907 Master’s Project||3|
*These courses are offered at IIOP and have an additional associated lab fee.
Students will receive a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering (Orthotics and Prosthetics) when the above thirty credit hours are completed.
Upon completion of the Master’s degree, students can additionally complete a certificate offered by a licensed institute such as the International Institute of Orthotics and Prosthetics (Tampa, FL) in order to take the Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthotics Practitioner Certification Exam of the American Board for Certification (ABC), and hence practice in the field of orthotics and prosthetics. FIU has an existing partnership with the International Institute of Orthotics and Prosthetics.
The Curriculum of the Certificate Program provided by the International Institute of Orthotics and Prosthetics is provided in the table below:
|Certificate Courses||Credit Hours|
|Orthotic Management of the Lower Limb 2||4|
|Prosthetic Management of the Lower Limb 2||4|
|Prosthetic Management of the Upper Limb||3|
|Orthotic Management of the Upper Limb||3|
|Contemporary Practice and Synthesis||4|
Tuition and Fees
The cost of the degree program is approximately $30,000. Courses with labs have an additional fee of $2,400 per course. The cost of the O&P Certificate program offered by the International Institute of Orthotics and Prosthetics will be approximately $24,000. Information regarding the per credit hour tuition amounts for graduate students is maintained by the Florida International University Office of Finance and Admission. (http://finance.fiu.edu/controller/UG_Calculator.htm).
Wei-Chiang Lin, Ph.D.
Arlene Gillis CP, M.Ed., FAAOP