Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics
The School of Applied Physiology offers a graduate program of study leading to a Master of Science Degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO). Similar to a medical education model, the Georgia Tech MSPO program is founded upon organized problem solving and investigative processes within an interdisciplinary clinical environment. The curriculum includes traditional lecture and laboratory courses in basic sciences, medicine, engineering, and prosthetics and orthotics. These courses are supplemented by unique off campus clinical rotations in which students participate in local hospitals, medical clinics, and prosthetics and orthotics patient care facilities under the guidance of a credentialed preceptor. These applied learning experiences occur in parallel to hands-on patient physical examination, treatment planning, and orthosis/prosthesis device design and fabrication. Students perform these tasks both off-site in affiliated medical and orthotic/prosthetic facilities as well as on-campus in Georgia Tech's clinical and fabrication facilities, including on campus research laboratories.
The MSPO education program curriculum consists of 48 credit hours over four semesters and covers three themes:
- Applied physiology and engineering
- Clinical medicine and prosthetics/orthotics
- Applied science and research
Seventy percent of the class hours involve clinical applications, twenty percent involves didactic classes, and five percent of the curriculum focuses on research, i.e., research seminars and a non-thesis research project. Students entering the program should have an academic background that includes prerequisite classes in human anatomy (dissection), human physiology, psychology, chemistry, calculus and calculus-based physics.