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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Prosthetics and Orthotics, MSPO

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Program Description

The Master of Science in Prosthetics & Orthotics (MSPO) is a 48 semester-hour graduate program which combines clinically oriented coursework in orthotics and prosthetics (O&P), rehabilitation medicine, and allied health science with engineering.  The program is administered through the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management as an interdisciplinary graduate program, collaborating with the Georgia Tech-Emory University School of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University School of Medicine, the Atlanta Veterans Administration and Atlanta metropolitan area hospitals, medical centers and orthotics/prosthetics health care facilities.

The major curriculum elements covered in the MSPO include:

  • Orthotics, Prosthetics and Rehabilitation
  • Clinical rotations each semester
  • Applied Science and Research (Capstone Research Project)
  • Clinical integration of technical and engineering innovations

 This program is a part of the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services  .


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Admission, Enrollment, and Graduation Policies

Admission Requirements

The following are requirements beyond the general Admissions  requirements. To be considered for admission to this program, the following application materials must be gathered by submitted to the KSU Graduate Admission Office:

Requirements for MSPO Degree:

  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution with a major GPA of at least 3.0.  Typical MS degree applicants have had undergraduate degrees in fields, such as exercise science, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, and psychology.
  • Completion of program prerequisites with a C or better prior to matriculating into the MSPO program.  Prerequisite Course Summary and Plan of Prerequisite Completion forms must be submitted.
  • A formal statement of personal goals for the program, maximum 2 pages, double-spaced, that includes the following:
    • Your experience in the field, including volunteer/shadowing experience. 
    • Your reason(s) for choosing this degree program.
    • Your experience with research (if applicable).
    • Your career goals and how furthering your education with this degree will help you realize these goals.
  • Three references (from academic or professional sources).
  • Resume or curriculum vitae should include the following when applicable: education, experience (work and volunteer), certifications, professional affiliations, special skills related to the field, and research presentations/publications.


  • Biology: lecture and laboratory (4 semester credit hours)
  • Chemistry: lecture and laboratory (4 semester credit hours)
  • Physics: lecture and laboratory (4 semester credit hours)
  • Psychology: Introductory or General course (3 semester credit hours)
  • Psychology: Abnormal or Human Growth & Development course (3 semester credit hours)
  • Statistics: one lecture course (3 semester credit hours)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: two lecture courses (6 semester credit hours)

Health Immunization Requirement:

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, students involved in clinical patient interaction are required to have the following immunizations and to provide documentation to the Student Health Services. There may be nominal costs to the student associated with obtaining the following immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Rubeola
  • TDAP
  • Varicella (or history of disease)
  • Tuberculosis Screening

Background Check

Following an admission offer into the program, a background check will be completed on each applicant prior to matriculation.

Graduation Requirements

Mast of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of degree requirements. For more information, please view the corresponding section of Academic Policies: 5.0 PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS & GRADUATION  .  


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Program Course Requirements

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