MSPO Curriculum

We are the first CAAHEP accredited entry level practitioner education program in Prosthetics and Orthotics. As such our model is a 2 year, full time, professional graduate degree program. We have an annual intake every fall of 14 students. Students take all core coursework on campus at Georgia Tech. MSPO courses are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters only. The MSPO curriculum consists of courses, a clinical practica requirement and a research project requirement.

Courses
Course Descriptions
Clinical Practicum Requirements
Clinical Affiliation Sites
Research Project Requirements
Optional Experiences

 


Courses

 

Year 1 Fall

Credits

APPH 6202 Clinical Gait Analysis

3

APPH 6209 Clinical Pathology

2

APPH 6895 Lower Limb Orthotics I

3

APPH 6971 (Intro to P&O Processes and Clinical Methods)

1

APPH 6975 Introduction to Prosthetics

2

APPH 6999A Clinical Practicum (Vascular, Orthopaedics, Podiatry, Neurology, Rehabilitation, Cardiopulmonary, P&O)

1

Subtotal

12

 

Year 1 Spring

Credits

APPH 6223 CAD/CAM in P&O

1

APPH 6896 Lower Limb Orthotics II

4

APPH 6984 Transtibial Prosthetics

4

APPH 6999B Clinical Practicum (adult and pediatric lower limb P&O)

2

APPH 8009 Special Topics (Research Seminar I)

1

Subtotal

12

 

 

 

 

Year 1 Total

24

 

Year 2 Fall

Credits

APPH 6982 Spinal Orthotics

4

APPH 6985 Transfemoral Prosthetics

4

APPH 6997 Assistive Technology

1

APPH 8010 Special Topics (Research Seminar II)

1

APPH 6999C Clinical Practicum (adult and pediatric transfemoral prosthetics, adult and pediatric spinal orthotics)

2

Subtotal

12

 

Year 2 Spring

Credits

APPH 6983 Upper Limb Orthotics

3

APPH 6981 Upper Limb Prosthetics

4

APPH 8012 Special Topics (Research Seminar III)

3

APPH 6999D Clinical Practicum (adult and pediatric upper limb orthotics, adult and pediatric upper limb prosthetics, assistive technology, and other specialization areas selected by the student)

2

Subtotal

12

 

Year 2 Total

24

 

Grand Total

48

 

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Course Descriptions

  • APPH 6202. Clinical Gait Analysis
    Analysis of normal and pathological human locomotion. Study of theory and instrumentation for measurement and temporal and spatial kinematics and kinetics, electromyography, and plantar pressure. (lecture and laboratory)
  • APPH 6209. Clinical Pathology
    Systems level overview of human pathology with emphasis on the effect of disease on human movement and neuromuscular function. (lecture)
  • APPH 6223. CAD/CAM in Prosthetics and Orthotics
    Theoretical and practical analysis of the application of computer aided design and manufacturing to prosthetics and orthotics. Includes methods of digitization and multiple manufacturing processes. (laboratory)
  • APPH 6895. Lower Limb Orthotics I
    Clinical and technical training for the practice of orthotics emphasizing adult and pediatric lower limb orthoses for treatment of the foot and ankle. (lecture and laboratory)
  • APPH 6896. Lower Limb Orthotics II
    Clinical and technical training for the practice of orthotics emphasizing adult and pediatric lower limb orthoses for the treatment of the foot, ankle, knee, hip and pelvis. (lecture and laboratory)
  • APPH 6971. Introduction to P&O Processes and Clinical Methods
    This course introduces basic processes for fabrication of prostheses and orthoses. Clinical methods associated with the provision of prostheses and orthoses will also be introduced. (lecture and laboratory)
  • APPH 6975. Introduction to Prosthetics
    This course introduces the history of prosthetics (artificial limbs) and utilizes an evolutionary approach to expose the students to the different socket designs, materials, interfaces, suspension and components used in creating contemporary prostheses for persons with limb loss.) (lecture and laboratory)
  • APPH 6981. Upper Limb Prosthetics
    Clinical training for the practice of prosthetics emphasizing adult and pediatric upper limb prostheses. (lecture and laboratory)
  • APPH 6982. Spinal Orthotics
    Clinical and technical training for the practice of orthotics emphasizing adult and pediatric spinal orthoses. (lecture and laboratory)
  • APPH 6983. Upper Limb Orthotics
    Clinical and technical training for the practice of orthotics emphasizing adult and pediatric upper limb orthoses. (lecture and laboratory)
  • APPH 6984. Transtibial Prosthetics
    Clinical and technical training for the practice of prosthetics emphasizing adult and pediatric transtibial (below-knee) prostheses. (lecture and laboratory)
  • APPH 6985. Transfemoral Prosthetics
    Clinical and technical training for the practice of prosthetics emphasizing adult and pediatric transfemoral (above-knee) prostheses. (lecture and laboratory)
  • APPH 6997. Assistive Technology
    Theories and devices associated with Assistive technology and mobility aids, emphasizing topics important to clinical practice in prosthetics and orthotics. (lecture and laboratory)
  • APPH 6999. Clinical Practicum in P&O
    Supervised clinical observation of and participation in the practice of prosthetics and orthotics and related medical disciplines.
  • APPH 8009. Special Topics (Research Seminar I)
    Essential elements of research methods and data analysis. (lecture)
  • APPH 8010. Special Topics (Research Seminar II)
    A forum for graduate students in prosthetics and orthotics to present and discuss topics related to their research interests. (lecture).
  • APPH 8012. Special Topics (Research Seminar III)
    A forum for graduate students in prosthetics and orthotics to present and discuss topics related to their research interests. (lecture).
  • APPH 8998. Research Assistantship
    For graduate students holding research assistantships

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Clinical Practicum Requirement

Each student must complete a minimum of 500 contact hours of clinical practicum in medicine, P&O and pedorthics combined. Throughout their practicum, students will rotate among a number of clinical affiliation sites. At these sites, students observe and perform elements of basic medical assessment, P&O clinical care and technical fabrication under supervision of board certified professionals.
Student clinical practicum rotations begin the first semester of the first year with placements in metropolitan Atlanta area accredited prosthetics/orthotics, pedorthics, medical, and allied health care facilities. If the student chooses they may select to perform clinical practicum at approved national sites in the summer between their first and second academic years.

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Clinical Affiliation Sites

Students in the Georgia Tech MSPO Program participate as student clinicians within various hospitals, medical centers, prosthetics/orthotics facilities, and other allied health care facilities. Below if a list of the current sites:

Local sites

Atlanta Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc (Atlanta)
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Main hospital and satellite locations)
Georgia Prosthetics, Inc (Atlanta)
Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow, P.C (Atlanta)
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc. (North Atlanta)
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc. (Lawrenceville)
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc. (Midtown Atlanta)
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc. (Roswell)
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc. (Tucker)
McMahan Shoes, Inc. (Main Office) (Decatur)
Prosthetic Care Inc. (Pro Care) (Suwanee)
Star Shoes Corporation (Lawrenceville)
Veteran’s Administration Medical Center of Atlanta (VAMC) (Decatur)

National sites

Abilities Unlimited, Inc. (Colorado Springs, CO)
Advanced Prosthetic Center, LLC (Omaha, NE)
Arizona Prosthetic Orthotic Services (Scottsdale, AZ)
Asheville Orthotic Prosthetic Center (Asheville, NC)
Bayou Orthotics and Prosthetics, LLC (Jefferson, LA)
Boston Brace, dba National Orthotic Prosthetic Company
Dankmeyer, Inc (Linthicum, MD)
Dayton Artificial Limb and Brace (Dayton, OH)
Gary M. Berke Prosthetics (Redwood City, CA)
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc (Baton Rouge, LA)
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc (NY/NJ Region)
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc (Georgia Region)
Hanger P&O, Inc. (Aurora, CO)
Metrolina Regional Center (Charlotte, NC)
Michigan Orthopedic Services (Livonia, MI)
Next Step Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc (Manchester, NH)
Scheck & Siress (Chicago, IL)
Scott Sabolich Prosthetics and Research Center, LLC (Oklahoma City, OK)
Shriners Hospital (Tampa, FL)
Shriner’s Hospital for Children – CAPP (Los Angeles, CA)
Univ. of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Univ. of Michigan Orthotics & Prosthetics Center (Ann Arbor, MI)

International sites

Project Hope Belize (Belize)
Physicians for Peace (Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Philippines, Turkey)
Healing Hands for Haiti (Haiti)
[Additional local and national clinical affiliation sites are under development]

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Capstone Research Requirement

The research requirement for the MSPO program consists of two parts—coursework and a research project. Each student must complete the three courses offered on Special Topics during their second, third and fourth semester. As part of these courses, the students will attend special lectures, seminars, and participate in research related activities.

The student research project will be conducted under the advisement of a faculty member. A master’s thesis is not required. The multi-semester student research project is formulated early during the students’ tenure in the MSPO program and culminates in a written and oral report at the end of their fourth semester.

The coordinator of research in the MSPO program will work with students to advise them on securing funding for their research. Students are strongly encouraged to present their research at local, regional, national and international scientific conferences in order to disseminate new scientific information.

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Optional Experiences

Opportunities for additional experiences in prosthetics and orthotics are offered during the summer session. These involve:

  • Optional Experiences – International Outreach Activities — Students have the opportunity to participate in international outreach activities in developing nations related to the provision of P&O rehabilitation services. A clinical practice has been established in Orange Walk Town, Belize through Project Hope Belize. Under the supervision of MSPO faculty, students provide clinical and technical services during the semester recesses in the winter and summer.
  • Orthotics/Prosthetics Experiences within the U.S. – Students may choose to participate in additional supervised technical fabrication and/or clinical patient management experiences in accredited orthotics/prosthetics facilities within the United States.
  • Research – Students choose to further their work on a research project or participate in related research in laboratories at Georgia Tech or other collaborating institutions.

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