The admissions requirements and application process is outlined below.
Note: We are unable to accept transfers of MPO credits from another institution to be used toward the completion of the NUPOC MPO degree.
Prerequisite courses ensure that all accepted students have sufficient foundation and scientific knowledge to complete the advanced courses offered as part of the Master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MPO). All applicants must have completed all the prerequisites listed below. Grades of “D+” or lower are not acceptable because they indicate insufficient mastery of the concepts.
- Life Sciences / Biology
- Human Anatomy & Physiology
Confer with your university advisor about the equivalency of your coursework. Courses that qualify for pre-Physicians' Assistant or pre-Physical Therapy coursework will prepare you best for our program.
Qualified applicants to the MPO program must have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree (BS, BA) prior to beginning the MPO program. NUPOC must receive official proof of baccalaureate degree completion no later than June 15th for each incoming cohort. NUPOC utilizes a rolling admission process and we consider applications until all seats are filled with qualified applicants.
Qualified applicants must complete and mail the NUPOC MPO Application Form. Applicants will find detailed instructions on the NUPOC MPO Application Form. Download, complete, and print the form. Append the completed Application Form to your application packet and mail the entire packet to NUPOC. If you are unable to fill the form fields on computer, please print the application form and fill the fields legibly by hand using black ink.
NOTE: Applicants who use the Orthotics and Prosthetics Centralized Application Service (OPCAS) must also complete and mail the NUPOC MPO Application Form. Other than OPCAS, NUPOC does not accept submissions from any online service.
The application packet includes the following elements:
- Printed and signed copy of the completed NUPOC MPO Application Form
- Two letters of recommendation (Learn more via the MPO Letter of Reference Form)
- Personal essay
- Sealed Official Transcripts
- Application Fee ($95)
All NUPOC MPO application materials should be sent together as one complete packet. Incomplete application packets cannot be processed and may be returned to you for completion and resubmission. Resubmissions will be assessed a $25 administrative fee.
Graduates of academic institutions outside of the United States must have their transcripts interpreted by the World Education Service (WES). WES evaluation can be completed within 7 business days. Contact WES to assess international academic equivalence.
Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. Contact TOEFL.
Mail the completed NUPOC MPO application packet to:
Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC)
c/o Admissions Assistant
680 North Lake Shore Drive, Suite 1100
Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA
For more information about the NUPOC MPO, please email the NUPOC MPO Admissions Assistant or call 312-503-5700.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find out more about housing, financial aid, technology requirements and other important information related to the MPO via our Frequently Asked Questions.