Orthotics and Prosthetics

Orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) practitioners, also known as orthotists and prosthetists, work with patients and other health care providers to improve function in peoples’ lives. O&P practitioners consult with patients and design, fabricate, and fit custom braces (orthoses) and artificial limbs (prostheses). They blend medicine and engineering to help their patients. Practitioners work in hospitals, long-term care and rehabilitation facilities, and clinics.


Student Resources

      Professional Associations and Accreditation

      Entrance Exam

      Most O&P schools require the Graduate Record Exam as an entrance exam. Learn more about the GRE here.

      Selected Regional Programs


      Important Note:

      Consult the admissions/application web pages of the professional programs for information on required pre-requisite courses and admissions tests, application procedures, and application deadlines. Some professional/graduate programs will not accept AP or CLEP credits, online courses, or correspondence courses for the core science and math pre-requisite requirements. Many programs also require that all pre-requisite coursework be completed within a certain period of time, e.g., within 5 years prior to application. Policies vary by school and program. Be sure you know the requirements