Degree Options

Program Learning Outcomes

"Ortho-Prosthetists: The few, being the difference in the lives of many..."  

In addition to the institutional learning outcomes, the program has selected the following program learning outcomes to further develop meaningful learning for the ortho-prosthetist:

1. Discernment: Students exercise keen insight, progressive care, and critical judgment through careful evaluation in clinical care, skills application, and thinking throughout the profession.

2. Ethics: Students demonstrate adherence to guiding principles and recognized ethics of the profession.

3. Research: Students value and apply new technology, investigations, and knowledge to patient care and the profession through a commitment to discovery and education.

4. Diversity: Students examine the importance of embracing and serving the unmet and ever-changing needs of a diverse world.

5. Collaboration: Students participate in teamwork within and across disciplines in all aspects of the profession.

Program Accreditation Information

Accreditation for the entry-level Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics degree was granted on September 23, 2013, by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE), 330 John Carlyle Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: 703-836-7114.

Professional Practice Requirements

Satisfactory completion of the el-MSOP degree requirements qualifies the student to enter a NCOPE accredited residency site of his/her choice. After completing either a twelve (12) month prosthetic or a twelve (12) month orthotic or an (18) month combined ortho-prosthetic residency, the resident then is eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the American Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC). Passing the ABC exam will award either a certification in orthotics (CO), a certification in prosthetics (CP), and or a dual certification as a certified prosthetist-orthotist (CPO). In addition to the certification depending on the State the certified practitioner intends to practice in, it might be necessary to pass a State Licensure Exam in order to practice the profession.

Program Resident Placement Rates

Graduates that Entered *Residency (Employed by Residency Site, Date Issued:  March 2017)

Graduation Year
of Resident

Registration within 6 months of graduation

Residency First

Prosthetic Residency First


Successful Completion of Residency



1 (> 6 months)




12 Complete






11 Complete






Set to complete in 2017/18

Professional Association

Students and graduates are eligible for membership in the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics (AAOP). The objective of the association is to foster development and improvement of service and education. This organization grants student membership at a nominal cost to students of approved schools. The el-MSOP student is required to become a member of this association while in the program and is encouraged to read the Journal of Orthotics and Prosthetics (JPO) and attend AAOP sponsored or approved local or national meetings.

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda University - A Seventh-day Adventist Health Sciences Institution

Loma Linda University is a small private university located about 70 miles east of Los Angeles and is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics Education is a relatively new department comprised of six full-time faculty members, additional contract faculty, and approximately 60 students. This small student-teacher ratio allows for direct personal contact with faculty members.

Mission Statement

  • Motto: To Make Man Whole
  • Mission: To continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ
  • Vision: Transforming lives through education, health care and research
  • Shared Values: Compassion, integrity, excellence

In harmony with our heritage and global mission:

  • We encourage personal and professional growth through integrated development of the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual dimensions of each member of the university community and those we serve.
  • We promote an environment that reflects and builds respect for the diversity of humanity as ordained by God.
  • We seek to serve a worldwide community by promoting healthful living, caring for the sick, and sharing the good news of a loving God.

To achieve our mission we are committed to:

  • Our Students: Our primary responsibility is the education of students, who come from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, enabling them to acquire the foundation of knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, and behaviors appropriate for their chosen academic or healthcare ministry. We nurture their intellectual curiosity. We facilitate their development into active, independent learners. We provide continuing educational opportunities for our alumni and professional peers. We encourage a personal Christian faith that permeates the lives of those we educate.
  • Our Faculty, Staff, and Administration: We respect our faculty, staff, and administration who through education, research, and service create a stimulating learning environment for our students. They contribute to the development of new understandings in their chosen fields. They demonstrate both Christian values and competence in their scholarship and professions.
  • Our Patients and Others We Serve: We provide humanitarian service through people, programs, and facilities. We promote healthful living and respond to the therapeutic and rehabilitative needs of people. We seek to enhance the quality of life for individuals in local, regional, national, and world communities.
  • Our God and Our Church: We believe all persons are called to friendship with a loving God both now and throughout eternity. We support the global mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church by responding to the need for skilled Christian health professionals and scholars. We seek to honor God and to uphold the values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its commitment to awakening inquiry. We are drawn by love to share the good news of God expressed through the life and gospel of Jesus Christ and to hasten His return.

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Contact Information

Loma Linda University
School of Allied Health Professions
Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics
NH Room 1909
Loma Linda CA 92350