Overview

The objective of the prosthetic and orthotic track in the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering is to provide an opportunity for qualified students to pursue a career in the orthotics and prosthetics field as an engineer. 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.

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 scientific developments into the design and generation of future prosthetic and orthotic devices.

Admission

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 contact Dr. Wei-Chiang Lin (wclin@fiu.edu) before applying.

Application Deadline: TBA

Program Summary

  • Total credits: 30
  • Duration: 1.5 years
  • Admission: Fall and Spring terms

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
   Life Science  
PHT 5174(L) Analysis of Movement 4
PHT 5180 Kinesiology (No Lab) 3
PHT 6163 Neurological Diagnosis and Management I 3
   BME Electives
BME 6212 Solid Mechanics Applications in Physiological Systems or PHT 6125 Clinical Biomechanics 3
BME 5105 Intermediate Biomaterials Science 3
BME 5141L Introduction to Laboratory Skills and Materials in Prosthetics and Orthotics* 1
BME 5213L Clinical Evaluation Tools* 1
BME 5214L Orthotic Management of the Lower Limb 1* 4
BME 5215L Prosthetic Management of the Lower Limb 1* 4
   Others
BME 5941 Biomedical Engineering Internship* 1
BME 6907 Master’s Project* 3

*These courses are offered off FIU campus and have an additional associated lab fee.

Students will receive a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering (Prosthetic and Orthotic Engineering) when the above thirty credit hours are completed.

Tuition and Fees

The cost of the degree program is approximately $20,000 for in-state students and $30,500 for out-of-state students