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Management of Orthotics and Prosthetics

Master of Science in Engineering Management

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Okenwa Okoli, Ph.D.

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The application for this program will open in the fall of 2013, with classes beginning in the fall of 2014.

Florida State University and St. Petersburg College have partnered to offer a graduate program of study leading to a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, with a specialization in Engineering Management of Orthotics and Prosthetics. Through this partnership, St. Petersburg College students earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics can then apply and matriculate to FSU to earn their master's degree.

This program offers students a solid foundation in the principles and application of advanced materials, and the application of those principles with respect to formulating and solving O&P problems.

Courses are delivered online, in a synchronous format and require students to have some contact with the St. Petersburg College campus.

Students pursuing this degree, considered to be the terminal degree in the specialty, may find a future career in Prosthetics and Orthotics Engineering, Prosthetics and Orthotics Engineering Management, as an Engineering Faculty Member, or in a related discipline.

Detailed Information and Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics from St. Petersburg College with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE scores of at least 650(old)/151(new)/56% quantitative and 450(old)/146(new)/31% verbal
  • TOEFL score of at least 580
  • Three favorable recommendations
  • Meet the minimum requirements for admission to a graduate program at Florida State University and within the IME department.

Degree Requirements
Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Time and Location Requirements
Students may be required to be in a certain place, at a certain time in order to attend synchronous courses. Students must be able to take proctored exams at St. Petersburg College.

Credit Hours

Length to completion
1 year (full-time) to 2.5 years (part-time)

Enrollment Classifications & Financial Aid
Open to both full- and part-time students, distance learning only. Financial aid may be available to students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester.

Core Courses

EIN5322 Engineering Management (3 credit hours)
Modeling of existing and future organizations. Emphasis on organizations for the 21st Century. Special consideration given to flat matrix models.

EMA5182 Composite Material Engineering (3 credit hours)
Covers basics for understanding composite materials. Topics include introduction to composite materials, properties and forms of constituent materials, consideration of composite behavior and failure modes, characterization of material performance and testing, introduction to available manufacturing techniques, laboratory demonstrations and case studies.

EIN5930-02 Research Methodology (3 credit hours)
Currently in development, this course will cover material specific to the Orthotics and Prosthetics major.

EIN5936-01 Advanced Materials in Prosthetics and Orthotics (3 credit hours)
Currently in development, this course will cover material specific to the Orthotics and Prosthetics major.

EIN5936-02 Advanced Materials in Prosthetics and Orthotics Lab (1 credit hour)
Currently in development, this course will cover material specific to the Orthotics and Prosthetics major.

EIN5936-03 Clinical Rotation (3 credit hours)
Currently in development, this course will cover material specific to the Orthotics and Prosthetics major.

NGR5172 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 credit hours)
Providing a broad overview of pharmacology using a lifespan approach, special consideration is given to professional, practice-related and statutory issues related to prescribing. A broad overview of agents commonly used in primary care will be provided, with special consideration of the pharmaceutical properties, indications for, precautions with and selection of commonly prescribed agents. This will follow a system specific approach, with special attention paid to issues specific to the various stages of the lifespan. The concepts of compliance and collaboration will be examined in the context of effecting positive changes for the client. The course emphasis will be placed on facilitating pharmacologic management of patients for advanced prosthetic and orthotic clinicians in independent and collaborative practice. Case studies will relate to O & P.

NGR5140 Advanced Pathophysiology/Neuroscience for Orthotics and Prosthetics (4 credit hours)
This course is designed to build on basic pathophysiology principles and explore the principles of normal body functions and pathophysiological changes that occur as a result of disease, lifestyle, and homeostatic changes in the body. Altered pathophysiological health is explored at the genetic, cellular and organ system level. Epidemiology, pathophysiological processes and related systems interaction are examined. Course covers understanding of the central nervous system and relevant clinical applications. Disease processes across the life span are explored and orthotic and prosthetic case studies are used to demonstrate the clinical assessment approaches for the advanced orthotic and prosthetic student.

MAN5245 Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
A dynamic examination of managerial concepts of human behavior in work organizations. Topics include motivation, leadership, reward systems, training, recruiting, selection, and job design.

BUL5810 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (3 credit hours)
The course will create an awareness of the laws, and of the legal, political, and social institutions which impact upon business activity. It will emphasize public law and governmental regulation. Landmark legislation and judicial decisions will be examined.

Students will also be required to take one of the following courses as an elective

  • MAR5125 Marketing Strategy
  • EIN5353 Engineering Economics and Financial Analysis
  • EIN5930-03 Engineering Experiments and Data Analysis
  • EIN5412 CAD/CAM for Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • ESI 5228 Intro to ISO 9000
  • EIN5930 Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology