What does the LLU campus look like and have to offer?

Loma Linda University is situated between the mountains and the sea. The campus is beautiful and boasts many offerings to students from a university gym, intramural sports, tuition included healthcare, and much more. View this video for more details.

Where is the Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics and the MSOP program located?

The Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics is located 10 miles outside of the main LLU campus in Mentone, CA. In September 2019 we opened our doors to the inaugural cohorts to begin learning in out 36,000 sq-ft space. View this video for more details.

What does the MSOP program experience look like for students?

The MSOP program is a rigorous program that educates future clinicians on all aspects of patient care, fabrication, and profession advancements. Students from all walks of life and levels of prior experience will find the MSOP program to challenging and rewarding. View this video for more details.

Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree to apply to the MSOP program?

No, a bachelor’s degree is not required to apply. The entry level-MSOP program is unique in that both bachelor’s prepared and non-bachelors prepared students can apply to the program. The admission requirements are different for each type of student but all students that meet the prerequisites can apply.

What are the GPA requirements?

A minimum of 3.0 GPA for both science and non-science coursework.

Is the GRE required to apply?

No, this program does not require a GRE score.

What is the application term for the MSOP program?

October 1 through September 1.

When does the MSOP program start?

New cohorts begin coursework at the end of every September.

How long is the MSOP program?

The MSOP program is 10 quarters long which is equivalent to two and a half years.

When does the MSOP program finish?

The 10-quarter long MSOP program finishes in April and culminates with the university commencement ceremonies the second week of June.

Do I need to complete observations hours before applying to the program?

Yes, 80 hours of clinical observation is required at one to three clinics of your choice.

What do I wear to my clinical observations?

  • Professional dress is required. Clean and neat clothing
  • Ladies and Men: Dress Pants or slacks and dress shoes
  • Ladies: Modest professional top
  • Men: Button up shirt or nice polo shirt
  • No: T-shirts, hats of any kind, flip-flops or open-toed shoes, sweats or sweatshirts, jeans or denim, revealing clothing, ill-fitting clothing, clothing that is worn, torn, wrinkled, or dirty.

Is the MSOP program accredited?

Yes, the MSOP was granted initial accreditation in the fall of 2013 and was successfully granted reaccreditation in the fall of 2016. The MSOP program is accredited by CAAHEP through the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE).

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Loma Linda University
School of Allied Health Professions
Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics
1500 Crafton Ave. #126, Mentone, CA 92359

Department phone: 909-558-4632
Emails: studyoped@llu.edu or happling@llu.edu or ribarra@llu.edu  

When should I apply for financial aid?

You should apply at the same time you are applying for your program of interest. Loma Linda University’s student financial aid office will help you obtain the necessary applications and guide you through the process of applying for aid.

Apply for financial aid online. For any questions related to financial aid, please view the Office of Financial Aid webpage or contact their office at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92350. Phone: 909-558-4509.

Do I have to take religion classes at Loma Linda University?

Classes in religion are part of the core curriculum in each of the University's schools and programs. Religion courses required for the MS curricula are useful for furthering ones understanding of healthcare ethics, crisis counseling, and other career focused areas.

Will I need to attend chapel as a student of Loma Linda University?

Weekly chapels represent a critical dimension of the educational experience at Loma Linda University. Weekly chapel is built into the university scheduled and places an emphasis on spiritual development, corporate worship, and community. In addition, the chapel programs provide a variety of opportunities for the entire University community to benefit from teaching that integrates faith and learning and to confront current issues and the implementation of faith in secular life.

Do you give preference to Seventh-day Adventists?

Loma Linda University accepts students from all faiths and backgrounds. Each year we accept qualified applicants who are and are not members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. On the campus of Loma Linda University over 60 religions are represented by the student body.

I am an international student. What special information do I need?

Information for international students is available through the International Students page. Review the approved transcript translation services on our website. 

What is the typical class size for the MSOP program?

A typical class size is anywhere from 20-27 students per cohort.

Can I work full-time or part-time while enrolled in the MSOP program?

The MSOP program is a comprehensive and intense professional program. We do not recommend students attempt to work full-time during these programs. It is possible to work weekends but on a flexible, part-time basis. Living expenses can be built into financial aid assistance as an option for meeting your living expenses.

What do ortho-prosthetists do and where do they work?

  • O&P practitioners blend patient care with design and fabrication of devices. Certified orthotists and prosthetists also known as "practitioners," are similar in many ways to other healthcare providers: They see patients in an exam room, they must touch their patients, they work in partnership with other healthcare professionals, and they become familiar with all aspects of their patients' health. However, instead of using prescriptions or medical procedures to treat patients, they build and provide orthotic and prosthetic devices to address their patients' needs.
  • An orthotist designs, fabricates, and fits custom-made orthopedic braces, or "orthoses," and fits prefabricated devices, and provides related patient care.
  • A prosthetist designs, fabricates, and fits custom-made artificial limbs, or "prostheses," and provides related patient care.
  • O&P practitioners are integral members of the healthcare and rehabilitation team. Practitioners evaluate patients, formulate treatment plans, and provide follow-up care and continued patient management that ensures the overall welfare of their patients. Their unique expertise in patient assessment, design, and materials offers patients increased mobility and independence. Practitioners work in settings such as patient care facilities, hospitals, VA facilities, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, and in patients' homes.

Do I need a master’s degree to practice in the United States?

Yes, a minimum of a master’s degree is required to become a board eligible clinician in the United States. In 2012, the educational standards changed from individual certificate programs to dual-discipline master’s degree program as the minimum educational requirement.

What is the process to become a board-certified practitioner?

  • After completion of the master's degree program, you must complete a residency in orthotics, prosthetics, or both. To learn more about residencies, visit the NCOPE website.
  • To become certified, candidates must pass certification exams in orthotics, prosthetics, or both from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC), the Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC), or both. To learn more about the requirements for certification, please visit the ABC website or the BOC website.

What is the job outlook for O&P practitioners?

  • National trends tell us that 24% of practitioners will be retiring in the next ten years. Couple the practitioner statistics with the rise of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity and this leaves a large void for qualified practitioners in the coming years.
  • Additional career statistics can be found at OPCareers and US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
More student information on becoming an ortho-prosthetist is available from the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (www.ncope.org).