School of Health Professions

Orthotics and Prosthetics Program

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About the Program

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The Baylor College of Medicine Orthotics and Prosthetics Program is the only academic program in the nation in which the dual clinical residency requirements are included. Program graduates are eligible to sit for both Orthotics and Prosthetics board certification exams upon completion of their M.S. degree.

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Why Train in the O & P Program at Baylor?

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Regan Hoelscher, a student in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program in the School of Health Professions, shares her Baylor College of Medicine experience.
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Become board eligible for both orthotics and prosthetics in 30 months through a 12-month didactic and 18-month dual residency clinical curriculum

Receive a progressive, evidence-based education

Train with interdisciplinary teams, including students and faculty from Baylor's renowned School of Medicine and the other programs of the School of Health Professions

Benefit from educational programming and inter-institutional collaborations in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center

Experience a diversified and high volume patient care residency with over 100 National Clinical Affiliates.

Access academic and support services as well as the research resources from Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest biomedical research enterprises in the nation.

Live in Houston, the most diverse large metropolitan area in the United States You will be living in a vibrant city with plenty of options to explore your interests.

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Program Mission

The mission of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program at Baylor College of Medicine is to provide the highest level of education through evidence-based teaching and curriculum design, integrated clinical residency, direct contributions to Orthotics and Prosthetics research, and collaboration with the local and national rehabilitative care community. 

Program Vision 

The vision of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program to prepare orthotists and prosthetists who provide high-quality, evidence-based, and equitable patient-centered care; participate as active members of the interprofessional rehabilitative team; promote diversity and inclusion within the profession; serve in leadership and advocacy roles; and, engage in professional development, research, and the education of future professionals. 

Program Objectives 

  • Provide a well-rounded, evidence-based orthotic and prosthetic education.
  • Facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion from admissions to professional practice and through associations with community organizations and professional societies.
  • Prepare students to succeed in a variety of clinical practice settings, within the context of healthcare systems, and as members of the healthcare team.
  • Foster an environment of continuous quality improvement through self-assessment, outcomes measurement, and professional development of students, staff, faculty, and clinical preceptors. 
  • Engage faculty and students in orthotics and prosthetics academic research, communication, publication and translation of research to practice.
  • Contribute to a global community of clinicians, educators, and researchers devoted to advancing the profession.
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Our Program

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Our program is dedicated to helping students become leading orthotists and prosthetists prepared to treat those individuals who undergo limb loss or are in need of orthotic intervention.

Based within Baylor College of Medicine's School of Health Professions, the O & P Program is also aligned with one of the nation’s highest-ranked medical schools and graduate schools of biomedical sciences as well as one of the largest biomedical research enterprises in the country.

Our location within the Texas Medical Center, the largest such collection of hospitals, medical schools, and specialty clinics in the world, facilitates access to clinical and research resources that cannot be matched anywhere else. All of this means our students are part of a diverse community of health care providers and scientists that include international leaders in their specialties.

Being in Houston does more than provide a great place to live while you train. With no dominant ethnicity in Houston, the diversity of the population in the nation’s fourth largest city is reflected in the patient populations at our clinical facilities. Rich exposure to patients and families from many cultures and ethnic groups prepares our students to work anywhere in the world. Students have the opportunity to learn first hand how health beliefs and practices are influenced by culture.

View our program objectives.

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Accreditation

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The Orthotics and Prosthetics Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or CAAHEP. Visit the College's accreditation page for information about other accrediting agencies that review Baylor College of Medicine's educational programs.

The program accreditation process is a valuable service to students, education and residency programs, industry professionals, and the public. It defines the profession’s educational standards and validates programs that offer relevant high-quality education.

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Texas Medical Center

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The exceptional size and scope of the TMC community creates opportunities to leverage resources as well as talents and experience of faculty, staff and students.

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Program Admissions

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Ready to begin your journey to becoming an orthotist or prosthetist? Learn about our admissions process and get started today!

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