Baylor College of Medicine announced that its Academic Council and Board of Trustees have approved the new Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics degree program through the School of Allied Health Sciences.
The 2 ½-year program will consist of 1 year of basic science education and 18 months of pre-graduate residency training through BCM’s affiliated institutions. Students will also be required to complete a research program before graduation. Graduates of the program will be accredited through the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and will be eligible to sit for board exams sponsored by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics.
“The program is a natural extension of our existing programs training physician assistants and nurse anesthetists,” David Holcomb, EdD, dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences at BCM, stated in a press release. “With Baylor’s established infrastructure and the applied visions of local and nationally-recognized orthotics and prosthetics industry leaders, we are establishing the foundation for a trend-setting program.”
The new program will enroll its first group of students in July 2013.