So often we hear students state with confidence that they want to work in health care, yet they are unsure of the specific ways they would like to serve patients. I would like to introduce you to a health care occupation that might be unfamiliar to you. Orthotists and prosthetists, also referred to as O & P professionals, design medical support devices and prosthetic limbs. They also measure and fit patients for these devices.
O & P professionals must have a Master’s degree in the field. A list of accredited programs is available on the website for the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education. Common prerequisite courses include biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology. This is not a comprehensive list, and interested students should consult the websites of the graduate programs they are considering.