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Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant Studies

Within the Department of Human Movement Science, the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science offers an Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant Studies (OPA) specialization. In the bachelor’s degree specialization, you will develop the skills needed for face-to-face patient care under the direction of a certified orthotist or prosthetist. Clinically, the OPA is a professionally accredited profession requiring successful post-graduate completion of both a clinical residency and a professional licensing exam to enter practice.

The foci of this challenging field includes providing multiple levels of patient care, through appropriate orthotic/orthosis (bracing) and prosthetic (partial limb replacement) interventions, based upon the knowledge of pathologies and injuries, the physical assessment of impacts and compensations on gait and functional movement, and the selection/refinement of patient solutions.

Oakland University’s bachelor of science in exercise science with an orthotist and prosthetist assistant studies specialization has earned initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in conjunction with the National Commission on Orthotic Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). Now enrolling students, OU is the first program in the nation that has earned this recognition/status from the governing boards based on the 2019 CAAHEP Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant Standards.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS DEGREE PLANAdvisingAPPLY

Graduation, Pass and Placement Rates
Graduating Class Year Graduation Rates Board First Time Pass Rate Ultimate Pass Rate Placement Rates (Employment, Master's program)
2023 100% 100% 100% 100%

In this program, you will complete the core Exercise Science courses as well as specific courses related to orthotics and prosthetics. Detailed information can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog (see Curricular Requirements).

For information regarding specific course requirements, please contact Tamara Treanore, Director and Instructor of Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant Studies, at ttreanore@oakland.edu.

Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant Studies Minor

An 18-credit minor in Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant Studies is available to students in any major. The purpose of this minor is to gain first-hand knowledge and experience of this meaningful field of practice through coursework, as a means of supplementing the student’s home major field (such as health science, engineering, biology, social work). Students in the minor take courses from the Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant Studies (OPA) specialization, which is part of the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree program. For specific course requirements, visit the Undergraduate Catalog minor page.

Students who are taking the minor will not be eligible for the orthotics and prosthetics certification exam or patient contact.

An Orthotic and/or Prosthetic Assistant performs patient management tasks under the supervision of a certified practitioner as well as fabricating, repairing and maintaining devices. Assistants play an important role on the healthcare team. They often work in patient care facilities, such as hospitals, physical therapy clinics or privately-owned orthotics and prosthetics offices, where they fit, customize and modify orthotic and prosthetic devices to make sure they fit the patients' unique needs.

Job Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there is above-average job growth expected for Orthotist and/or Prosthetist Assistants (and all medical appliance technician jobs) over the next decade. Increased limb loss caused by cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as technological advancements leading to the updates of existing orthotic and prosthetic devices are expected to create job growth in the field.

Average Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median annual wage for medical appliance technicians, such as orthotist and prosthetist technicians who have received an Associate's degree or certificate, was $46,320 in 2021. Meanwhile, according to the BLS, the median annual wage for orthotists and prosthetists who have received a Master's degree was $75,440 in 2021. The salary for an orthotist and prosthetist assistant with a Bachelor's degree has not been defined yet by the BLS but is expected to be somewhere in that range.

Tamara Treanore, C.O.
Director and Instructor
Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant Studies
3135 Human Health Building
ttreanore@oakland.edu 

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inhealth@oakland.edu

School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2369


Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu