Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center


NUPOC Admissions Protocol Information: Improving Chances for Admission

The NUPOC Master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics 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
  3. Duration of relevant clinical experience or exposure to P&O practice
  4. Strength of letters of recommendation
  5. Quality of personal essay

Priority is given to prospective students who have completed all requirements at the time of application. If seats are available, Conditional Admission may be offered to highly qualified candidates who are currently completing prerequisite courses.

Potential students who are not accepted initially are encouraged to reactivate their application for the next cohort, and to update their file to reflect successful completion of prerequisites, additional relevant experience, and other pertinent factors. Because the pool of applicants fluctuates over time, persistence may increase the likelihood of admission.

Due to the volume of applicants, it is not feasible for faculty to give individual counsel to persons who were not accepted for a given class. This document provides all the information required to assess and to enhance your chances for future admission.

We appreciate your interest in NUPOC and hope that these tips help strengthen your application for admission. Refer to our web site for more detailed information about the admissions process.

--NUPOC Faculty

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