Eastern Michigan University offers an accredited Master's Program in Orthotics and Prosthetics. Orthotists and Prosthetists provide care to a wide range of individuals who experience a myriad of conditions. Patients requiring support, protection, o assitance to a region of the body may benefit from an orthosis. An Orthotist evaluates, designs, and fits an orthosis to enhance function, decrease pain, or aid in healing. A prosthetist designs and fits a custom prosthesis based on the needs of the patient requiring replacement of a body part. Orthotics and Prosthetics are Allied Health disciplines recognized by the American Medical Association. Excellent career opportunities exist for Orthotic-Prosthetic practitioners both in the US and abroad.
Eastern Michigan University's two year Master's program prepares the student for entry into this exciting and dynamic profession. Course work includes both academic subjects and clinical ones. Completion of the program prepares the student for a 1 year residency per discipline before taking the appropriate certification examination. Several states also require licensure before the individual may practice independently.