NUPOC has been operating in accordance with current COVID-19 regulations of Northwestern University, the State of Illinois, and the City of Chicago. During the early weeks of the pandemic, NUPOC had to separate didactic material from practicum/labs, and temporarily moved all courses online. However, the final four months of the NUPOC curriculum were completed in-person; and all lab requirements established by the NCOPE accreditation standards were fulfilled. In 2021, NUPOC will continue to comply with all regulations and proceed as we have done in the past, successfully training the next generation of prosthetists and orthotists.
NUPOC Admissions Protocol Information
Improving Chances for Admission
Please review the detailed information below, including all of the FAQs. Contact NUPOC if you have any questions that are not answered here.
The NUPOC Master of Prosthetics and Orthotics (MPO) program is very competitive, with many more applicants than available seats. Unfortunately, this means that it may not be possible to admit every qualified person.
Applications are ranked based on multiple weighted criteria, with the most important factors listed below. Please note that each criterion helps determine the applicant’s likelihood of admission, so a weakness in any area will reduce the chances for admission.
1. Highest academic degree earned at an accredited institution
2. Overall academic Grade Point Average (GPA) in most recent degree program (Bachelor’s or higher)
3. Duration of relevant clinical experience or exposure to P&O practice
4. Strength of letters of recommendation; letters from credentialed P&O clinicians are recommended
5. Quality of personal essay
To enter the MPO, a bachelor's degree and completion of prerequisite course work with at least a "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) are required. Please note that competitive applicants rarely attain a grade below a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in any of the prerequisite coursework. The average GPA of past MPO cohorts has consistently been 3.4 or above, and a GPA of below 3.0 is not likely to be competitive. Any bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution in any field is acceptable, provided that all pre-requisite coursework is completed. Degrees in the health sciences and biomedical engineering are most common among our applicants.