Prerequisites and Admission

The Prerequisites and Admission Requirements conform to CSUDH standards, and the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Orthotics and Prosthetics, published by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE):

Prerequisites

Biology/Life Scienceslecture with lab4 credits
Chemistrylecture with lab4 credits
Physicslecture with lab4 credits
Human Anatomy &Physiologylecture with lab4 credits
Psychologylecture3 credits
Human Growth & Development or Abnormal Psychologylecture3 credits
Statisticslecture3 credits
GRE ‡  

‡ The GRE General Test scores provide a common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants. To meet the University writing proficiency standards for graduate admission, applicants are required to achieve a minimum Analytic Writing score of 4 on the GRE. The GRE needs to be taken within the last 5 years. Admission to the M.S. Option is not solely based on GPA and GRE scores; it also includes letters of recommendation, letter of intent, and the student’s background and knowledge of the orthotic and prosthetic profession.

In addition, the following courses are recommended but not required:

Ethics
Business Management

Admission Requirements

Due to the limited laboratory space, a maximum of 24 students can be accommodated in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Option.
Applicants must apply to both CSU Dominguez Hills Graduate Studies Office and the M.S. in Health Science, Orthotics and Prosthetics Option. Applications are available online: Graduate Studies application is available at www.csumentor.edu and the supplemental M.S. in Health Science, Orthotics and Prosthetics Program Application is available at http://portal.opcas.org. Applications to the program are accepted one time each year. Students planning to seek admission should submit both applications including all supporting materials no later than January 31 preceding a summer semester admission to the program. Applications received after January 31 will be considered only if class space is available.

To be eligible for consideration as a candidate in this option, an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree, preferably in an allied health or related major and a GPA of 3.0 or above in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units of upper division coursework from any accredited college or university may apply.
  2. Facility with hand tools, light duty power equipment, and knowledge of materials used in Orthotics and Prosthetics; prior working or volunteer experience is an important selection criterion. A minimum of 100 hours of volunteer work is required prior to admission.
  3. Successful completion of all orthotic and prosthetic option prerequisite courses with a grade of “B” or better.
  4. Completed Graduate studies application, available at: www.csumentor.edu. The University Application is completed onlineusingCalifornia State University’s CSU Mentor. Note: a $55 application fee is charged by the CSU campus.
  5. Completed OPCAS Program Application and subsequent in-person or telephone interview by a panel consisting of orthotics and prosthetics faculty. Program applications are available online at http://portal.opcas.org. Applicants must submit the O&P application by January 31st for admission in the subsequent summer semester.

Please submit any required supporting documentation to the following address:

Master’s Degree Review Committee
CSUDH Orthotics and Prosthetics Program
5901 E. 7th Street,
Building 149, Ste.130
Long Beach, CA 90822
(562) 986-7572