Covid-19 Update

Prospective Students and Applicants: Exceptions to our application requirements given the current COVID-19 situation include:

  • Courses with face-to-face labs that have changed to on-line format will be accepted.
  • Letter grades are required for all prerequisite courses; however, pass/fail or credit/no credit courses taken in 2020 terms will be accepted for non-prerequisite courses. We will not be accepting prerequisite courses which were changed to Pass/Fail (P/F) due to closure of their academic institution during the COVID-19 pandemic.  All pre-requisite courses must contain a letter grade to be accepted for our admissions process.  Please note that a passing grade is considered a C or better, and C- grades or below are not accepted for prerequisite courses or for transferrable credit.  Our requirement is as follows: "Pass/fail or credit/no-credit grades are not accepted for prerequisite courses. Grades of “pass” or “credit” for non-prerequisite courses will not be included in GPA calculations.”
  • If you are an international applicant, please note that WES has temporarily suspended all in-office operations due to COVID-19.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an AERC Detailed Evaluation Report will be accepted as both evaluation and transcript for a given institution for the duration of this outbreak.  Be sure to pay for your original documents to be mailed back to you.  All application deadlines will remain the same.  Please visit the AERC website or contact them to learn about their processing time, requirements, and pricing.  http://www.aerc-eval.com / 626-339-4404 / aerc@verizon.net. See the International Applicant webpage for more information. 

All other requirements and preferences remain in place at this time. For any additional questions, please email joschaepper@llu.edu

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Quick Facts

100%
of graduate’s get residency placement within 6 months
36,000
sq-ft completely dedicated to O&P education
17%
increase in projected jobs between 2020-2029

Welcome

Welcome to Orthotics and Prosthetics education in the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University.  An ortho-prosthetist is a medical professional who cares deeply about a person’s entire physical rehabilitation experience and beyond.  An ideal candidate for this profession has the capacity to apply a wide range of multi-disciplinary information, listen closely to a patient’s challenges and offer a tangible, effective device solution.  This candidate is also someone who can maintain long-term relationships; continuing to offer new solutions throughout the lifetime of the patient.

The mission of the MSOP is to graduate students who are capable and equipped to create a culture of service.

The MSOP program is within your reach, with or without a bachelor's degree. We have two distinct tracks to complete the program. Please review each track to discover the one that’s right for you.     

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Master's of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics

Master Of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics Admissions without a Prior BS Degree

BS/MSOP Track

This is a mixed, undergraduate and graduate track, accepting students both with and without a bachelor's degree. This is a seated (in-person) 10-quarter (2 ½-year) track. Undergraduate students will simultaneously earn a BS in Health Sciences and a MSOP in Orthotics and Prosthetics. Bachelor prepared students will graduate with a MSOP degree. A new Cohort starts each fall quarter.
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Master Of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics Admissions with a Prior BS Degree

Hybrid MSOP Track

This graduate-level, blended-learning track is completed in 8 quarters or 2 years: first year is on-line, second year is in person. A new Cohort starts each summer quarter.
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Application Process

How to Apply

The MSOP program utilizes rolling admission, which means we evaluate applications as they are received, versus waiting to evaluate all applications after a hard deadline. We will continue to evaluate applications until we've filled all the slots for our incoming class. Students are accepted to enter the BS/MSOP or Hybrid MSOP tracks based on competencies, prerequisites, and necessary coursework. The sooner you submit an application, the sooner you will be evaluated for acceptance.

The application process starts with the submission of the application and all the associated documentation and recommendations. Once these materials are received and evaluated an interview will be scheduled. Once the interview is completed, the interview responses and the application packet will be presented to the department admissions committee for review and voting.

  • All applicants must apply directly through LLU.
  • O&P Applicants will need to complete the LLU application process.

Contact the O&P department directly:

Contact the admissions department at sahpadmissions@llu.edu or 909-558-4599.

International students should review additional steps

To help you select the correct application for your educational journey we’ve put together the flow chart below.

MSOP Application Flow Chart

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Student Profiles

Student Profile

Kendra Krupp

"I chose the LLU MSOP program because it offered trips all over the world with the goal to help those in need.” Read about Kendra’s thoughts on the program, life as a student, and much more.

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What Sets Us Apart?

About the Profession

The profession of Orthotics and Prosthetics is the fabrication of and fitting of braces and artificial limbs to treat individuals that have experienced loss of function.

Most OP practices are in the private sector either in a large corporate setting or a smaller practice that might have several practices in the region or even smaller with just one office. The rest are based in institutions where a manager runs a department of employees as part of the hospital’s service to their community.

Changing demographics have increased demand for OP healthcare services, leading to a projected growth of 17% more jobs for ortho-prosthetists over the next 15 years. This faster than average rate of growth means that these jobs are in high demand.

Career Outlook

Career Outlook for Orthotics & Prosthetics

Additionally, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics stated: “Employment of orthotists and prosthetists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The large baby-boom population is aging, and orthotists and prosthetists will be needed because both diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the two leading causes of limb loss, are more common among older people.” https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/orthotists-and-prosthetists.htm

Cost and Aid

  • BS/MSOP track cost: $91,000.00 plus quarterly registration fees
  • Hybrid MSOP track cost: $63,300.00 plus quarterly registration fees

For information about tuition, costs, and financial aid information: School of Allied Health Professions Financial Information.

At this time, there are no scholarships available through the Department of Orthotics & Prosthetics, however some individual awards maybe available through the university, contact the financial aid office for more information.

Program Accreditation Information

Initial accreditation for the entry-level Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics degree was granted on September 23, 2013. Continuing accreditation of the entry-level Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics degree was granted on September 17, 2017. Both initial and continuing accreditation were granted by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE), 330 John Carlyle Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: 703-836-7114 in collaboration with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; telephone: 727-210-2350.

LLU Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics Graduation Rates & Exit Statistics

Graduation Year Admitted / Graduates Graduation Rate
2016 14/14 100%
2017 26/26 100%
2018 21/21 100%
2019 15/15 100%
2020 17/16 94%

Exit Survey Results from Orthotics and Prosthetics Graduates - 2016-2019 

Orthotics & Prosthetics Exit Survey Results 2016-2019

Loma Linda University is above the national average in regard to acceptance of a diverse group of students. Students come to Loma Linda from various cultural backgrounds, religions, and countries.

ABCOP Board Exam Pass Rates

2017 LLU Average Pass Rate  National Average Pass Rate
Orthotic CPM Exam 80% 77%
Orthotic Written Exam 82% 78%
Orthotic Simulation Exam 75% 82%
Prosthetic CPM Exam 100% 79%
Prosthetic Written Exam 60% 71%
Prosthetic Simulation Exam 89% 90%
2018 LLU Average Pass Rate National Average Pass Rate
Orthotic CPM Exam 83% 90%
Orthotic Written Exam 71% 76%
Orthotic Simulation Exam 91% 86%
Prosthetic CPM Exam 67% 69%
Prosthetic Written Exam 45% 68%

Program learning outcomes

By the end of this program, the graduate should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Exercise keen insight, progressive care, and critical judgment through careful evaluation in clinical care, skills application, and thinking throughout the profession.
  2. Adhere to guiding principles and recognized ethics of the profession.
  3. Value and apply new technology, investigations, and knowledge to patient care and the profession through a commitment to discovery and education.
  4. Examine the importance of embracing and serving the unmet and ever-changing needs of a diverse world.
  5. Participate in teamwork within and across disciplines in all aspects of the profession.

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