Orthotists and prosthetists provide care to people who experience biomechanical loss. The biomechanical loss may be due to the absence of a limb, creating the need for a prosthesis. If loss of function is experienced or stabilization is necessary, an orthosis may be indicated. Orthotics and Prosthetics are Allied Health disciplines recognized by the American Medical Association. Excellent career opportunities exist for Orthotic-Prosthetic practitioners both in the U.S. and abroad.
EMU offers one of the few accredited O&P master's degree programs in the country. Coursework prepares the student for a one-year residency in each discipline. Candidates are eligible to sit for certification examination following the residency. Several states also require licensure before the student may practice independently.
The Eastern Michigan University Orthotics and Prosthetics Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education.