Prerequisites & Admission

Prerequisites & Admission


The Prerequisites and Admission Requirements conform to CSUDH standards, and the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Orthotics and Prosthetics, published by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE):


Biology/Life Scienceslecture with lab4 credits
Chemistrylecture with lab4 credits
Physicslecture with lab4 credits
Human Anatomy &Physiologylecture with lab4 credits
Psychologylecture3 credits
Human Growth & Development or Abnormal Psychologylecture3 credits
Statisticslecture3 credits
GRE ‡  

‡ The GRE requirement has is reinstated for the 2021-2022 cycle.  This may be subject to change due to Covid-19.

In addition, the following courses are recommended but not required:

Business Management

Admission Requirements

Due to the limited laboratory space, a maximum of 24 students can be accommodated in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Option.
Applicants must apply to both CSU Dominguez Hills Graduate Studies Office and the M.S. in Health Science, Orthotics and Prosthetics Option. Please see the Application page for more specific instructions.

Applications are available online:

The OPCAS Application for the  M.S. in Health Science, Orthotics and Prosthetics Program Application is available at Applications to the program are accepted one time each year. Students planning to seek admission should submit the OPCAS application including all supporting materials no later than December 31 preceding a summer semester admission to the program. Applications received after December 31 will be considered only if class space is available.

Graduate Studies application is available at The CSU Graduate School application with supporting materials is due by March 1 preceding the summer semester admission.

To be eligible for consideration as a candidate in this option, an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree, preferably in an allied health or related major and a GPA of 3.0 or above in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units of upper division coursework from any accredited college or university may apply.
  2. Facility with hand tools, light duty power equipment, and knowledge of materials used in Orthotics and Prosthetics; prior working or volunteer experience is an important selection criterion. A minimum of 40 hours of volunteer work is required prior to admission.  Virtual experience will be continue to be accepted for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle including online support group meetings, virtual conference attendance, or other online workshops.  HOWEVER, a preference will be given for in-person volunteer hours.  As states are easing restrictions, more ooices are allowing students and applicants to visit, so the 40 hour requirement should be attainable.  We will reevaluate this as the year progresses.
  3. Successful completion of all orthotic and prosthetic option prerequisite courses with a grade of “B” or better.
  4. Completed Graduate studies application, available at: The California State University Application is completed online.  Note: a $55 application fee is charged by the CSU campus.  This application is due by March 1.
  5. Completed OPCAS Program Application and subsequent in-person or telephone interview by a panel consisting of orthotics and prosthetics faculty. Program applications are available online at Applicants must submit the O&P application by December 31st for admission in the subsequent summer semester.

Please submit any required supporting documentation to the following address:

Master’s Degree Review Committee
CSUDH Orthotics and Prosthetics Program
10641 Calle Lee, Suite 185
Los Alamitos, CA  90720

(562) 735-3300