School of Health Professions

O & P Program Graduate Competencies


The Baylor College of Medicine Master of Science Program in Orthotics and Prosthetics is a premier training program for Orthotists and Prosthetists and is recognized nationally and internationally for its excellence. The program is completely unique, and the only program designed with the full spectrum of classroom and clinical education included as part of the curriculum. This includes the completion of competencies required in both O&P Master’s Programs as defined by CAAHEP and the clinical residency as defined by NCOPE prior to graduation.

In addition to successful completion of the entry level competencies as described above, the program also maintains the following programmatic objectives and goals as a guide.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science Program in Orthotics and Prosthetics, the graduate should be able to:

  • Perform comprehensive patient evaluation, including history-taking, physical exam, biomechanical analysis, and outcome measures.
  • Determine the design and appropriateness of orthotic and prosthetic intervention based on a patient-centered approach to decision-making.
  • Show competence in the implementation and follow-up of the designed intervention while demonstrating safe practices of self and others.
  • Document orthotic and prosthetic treatment encounters and communication with healthcare providers in compliance with ethical, state, and federal guidelines.
  • Communicate with patient, family members and healthcare providers in a way which provides clear education and professional description of patient status, treatment recommendations, and patient goals.
  • Critically assess peer-reviewed evidence, understand the complexities of the research process, and align empirical evidence with treatment decisions.
  • Demonstrate an ability to navigate the modern healthcare system, including medical records, third party payers, and healthcare teams.
  • Articulate compassion and empathy for patients, regardless of condition, race, ethnicity, cultural background, or any other demographic.