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Orthotics and Prosthetics Program

Orthotics and Prosthetics is an exciting allied health profession with excellent career opportunities. Orthotists and Prosthetists provide care to a wide range of individuals who experience a myriad of conditions in hospitals, universities, and in private practices. Patients requiring support, protection, or assistance 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. 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 and clinical subjects, as well as clinical rotations. Completion of the program prepares the student for an 18 month combined or 1 year per discipline residency. Residency completion is required prior to for certification examination eligibility. Several states also require licensure to practice. At present, employment in the field is close to 100%, and there is increasing need for our services.

O&P on the web!

Clinical and Program director, Wendy Beattie, CPO, FAAOP, is one of the professionals featured by OPCareers. more>>

Assistant Professor (Retired) Robert L. Rhodes, BA, MP, CO(e), was a contributing author of The Atlas of Spinal Orthotics which is featured on Exceed-Worldwide. more>>


The Eastern Michigan University Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763

Orthotics and Prosthetics Program

Wendy Fischl Beattie, CPO, FAAOP
Clinical and Program Director,  O & P Master's Program
Eastern Michigan University
150 Rackham Building
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

The Orthotics and Prosthetics Program is part of the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance, 318 Porter Building, 734.487.0090