Alabama State University has been approved to offer a Master of Science degree in prosthetics and orthotics (MSPO), making it the only university in Alabama to provide such a degree and one of only 11 places in the nation where the program is offered.
According to a release about the new program on the ASU website, prosthetics and orthotics is "the evaluation, fabrication and custom fitting of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces." A prosthetist-orthotist is qualified to help people who have lost the use of their limbs due to a stroke, spinal cord injury or amputation.
"As part of the health care team, prosthetist-orthotists ensure that consumers or patients have access to the appropriate devices required to engage in self-care, work and leisure activities," according to the release.
The Alabama Commission on Higher Education approved the program March 11. ASU's College of Health Sciences is seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education and the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education.
Students will be able to enroll in the MSPO degree program in the fall of 2012. For more information, call 334-229-5053.