O&P Application Opens July 21, Closes Dec. 1
OPCAS Portal Submission: We encourage you to submit all the required documentation to OPCAS on or before each deadline listed below. (transcripts, evaluations, etc). It takes OPCAS two to four weeks to verify your application once all documents have been submitted. In order for us to review your application in consideration for an invitation to an interview, your application must be categorized as "verified." We will be offering two rounds of virtual interviews.
- Oct. 1 application deadline for Nov. 14-15 early interviews
- Application MUST be marked as "verified" by OPCAS no later than Nov.1.
- Dec. 1 application deadline for Jan. 16-17 interviews
- Application MUST be marked as "verified" by OPCAS no later than Jan. 1.
Interviews will all be held virtually during the 23-24 cycle. We will alert candidates to their eligibility to interview as soon as possible. We generally notify candidates anywhere from one week after we receive a verified application to up to two weeks prior to interviews.
OPCAS may offer qualified application fee waivers. Learn more.
"When I first considered OP programs I assumed I would go to a state school where I could pay in-state tuition. Then I came to BCM for my interview and it was the most welcoming environment. By the end of the day, I knew that if I got in, I was coming here."
Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid
View tuition and fees for the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program. Tuition and fees are subject to change.
The Baylor Office of Student Financial Aid helps students navigate the process of applying for financial support. Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Student Financial Aid's website for a listing of available programs, eligibility requirements, application processing, and policies.
Baylor College of Medicine offers a number of merit-based scholarship opportunities each academic year. Professional organizations such as the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Fund have scholarship opportunities as well.
For additional information or assistance, call the Office of Student Financial Aid at (713) 798-4603.
Thank you for your interest in applying to the O & P Program at Baylor College of Medicine.
Once applications are processed through OPCAS and reviewed, competitive applicants are invited to participate in interviews conducted in either mid-November or late January during this application cycle. All interviews will be conducted via video conferencing.
The interview process is structured to orient applicants to the program through interaction with current students, residents, faculty and staff. If you are invited for an interview you will engage in three interviews with faculty, members of the clinical community and Baylor O & P residents. These interviews are uniquely designed to assess multidimensional characteristics including: fitness for clinical practice and role awareness, communication, commitment to service, leadership, academic capacity, critical analysis and compassion. They also give you the opportunity to gain various perspectives on our program.
"I went to a small private school for undergrad and majored in engineering. One of my priorities for OP school was to find an environment like I was used to in my undergrad school. I had so much support from faculty and students that has helped me with my education and helped me become the person I am today."
If you are invited for an interview you will be evaluated for admission by an interdisciplinary Health Professions Admissions Committee. Decisions on acceptance are made within one week of the interviews being conducted. If you are offered a position in the upcoming cohort you must acknowledge acceptance within the time prescribed in the acceptance letter.
A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 must accompany a written acknowledgment of acceptance to secure your seat in the cohort matriculating in mid- June. Should an accepted applicant decline the offer, a member of the Alternate List will be invited to claim the seat. The Alternate List is comprised of otherwise qualified interviewees who rank next in order behind the original cohort selected.
Enhance Your Prospects
To best position yourself for acceptance to the Baylor O & P Program, you are encouraged to:
- Gain experience in an orthotics and prosthetics facility, either by participating or observing,
- Take classes relevant to orthotics and prosthetics practice beyond the required courses, such as biomechanics, business, healthcare professions, engineering, and/or advanced physiology.
- Participate in scientific research or scholarly activities related to the design, implementation, and/or delivery O & P care.
"Diversity for me is understanding and trying to learn from others who have different mindsets and beliefs than you to try to bring something new into the world. I was mentored by people who have helped me to try to see things from different perspectives and bring new ideas to patient care."
Structural racism directly impacts all communities, including the healthcare community. As a leading biomedical institution in one of the largest, most diverse cities in the United States, Baylor College of Medicine is committed to protecting and promoting the health of all individuals, to working toward a more just healthcare system, and to demonstrating leadership in the advancement of diversity, inclusion and equity.
Read the College’s position statement on Racial Justice to Improve Public Health.
Student Voices - Leah Olin
Leah Olin, a student in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program at Baylor College of Medicine, shares her Baylor experience.