About this 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 you 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 you for an 18-month combined or one year per discipline residency. Residency completion is required 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.

  • Our Programs 

    EMU offers one of the few accredited O&P master’s degree programs in the country.

    EMU’s program prepares graduates for residencies in each discipline, preparing students to become certified in both areas. Candidates are eligible to sit for certification examination following the residency. Several states also require licensure before allowing independent practice.

  • Why Study at EMU

    • Small class sizes
    • Tenure track faculty whose primary responsibility is teaching
    • Located in the heart of a large university campus
    • Collaboration with other disciplines
    • Multiple clinical rotations
    • Gym access and Intramural teams
    • Hands on, project/problem based learning
    • 100% residency acquisition for past five years
    • One of only 11 programs in the country

Contact Us

Rebecca Spragg, MSPO, CPO
245A Rackham
734.487.0487 | [email protected]

At a Glance

  • Accredited MS program
  • Recognized by the American Medical Association
  • 100% employment rate


  • Hands on

    Eastern Michigan University offers an accredited master's of science program in orthotics and prosthetics. Eastern believes the best way to learn O&P is hands-on. All but two of our classes are taught on campus, as each involves a substantial lab component. To enable this, class sections are small, with labs and clinical classes having a maximum of 12 students. The program teaches the theoretical, but the emphasis is on the practical, which is reflective of the faculty members’ cumulative 70 years of clinical experience. While there is opportunity to develop technical skills in fabrication, we focus on the clinical evaluation and decision making involved in providing orthotic and prosthetic care. 
  • Research

    Each student is required to perform research. We describe our approach as Student Driven-Faculty Supported; here, students select their area of concentration, and are paired with the most appropriate faculty member(s) to assist them. Many students present their research at university, national and state conferences annually—some even publishing their findings in national, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience

    Developing our students to become exceptional practitioners requires as much real world experience as possible. Students perform short clinical rotations during each semester, then perform 2-4 extended rotations during the summer between the first and second year of the program. These rotations are arranged at local facilities as well as at renowned practices around the country and abroad. We have had students travel to 20 different states, as well as sites in Canada, Ecuador and Mexico. 
  • University Prepared

    The EMU MSOP program is in the heart of a large and vibrant university. Our students are involved in Interprofessional experiences with Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Physician Assistants, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Training students. This prepares them for their future as a member of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team in providing patient-centered care. 
  • Practice Ready

    Students are taught using current methods and componentry, including commonly used software. Homework assignments include real world activities such as generating patient notes, writing letters to referral sources, and coding of recommended treatments. Prior to graduation, students must demonstrate competence through a three-day set of comprehensive examinations, involving patient interaction as well as written and simulation examinations.
  • Members of the Community

    Part of being a professional involves being a member of a larger community. Our students have a history of volunteering, not only with the annual Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund events, but with Special Olympics and Parents Night Out events as well. In addition, the O&P students have competed on EMU intramural teams.
  • Outcomes

    100% of the graduates from the program have secured paying residencies within three months of graduation since 2014.