The Orthotics and Prosthetics Program accepts applications mid July of each year with a submission deadline of Jan. 2.* Interviews are scheduled for February of each year.
Applications to Baylor College of Medicine's O&P program is through the Orthotics and Prosthetics Centralized Application Service or OPCAS. Application materials submitted to OPCAS after Jan. 2 will not be considered.
To be considered for admission into the O&P program, the applicant must possess the following:
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or an internationally recognized equivalent.
- Minimum cumulative, overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale where 4.0 = A.
- Competitive applicants in the School of Allied Health Sciences typically score in the upper 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in all three areas, with typical composite scores being 300 or above, and 3.5 on the analytical section.
- Official transcripts from all schools attended, with evidence of successful completion of all prerequisites. Mail transcripts to OPCAS: Transcript Department P.O. Box 9125 Watertown, MA 02471.
- If accepted to the program, you will need to mail official transcripts to Baylor College of Medicine before June 1, 2018. Mail to: BCM-OP Program, MS: BCM115, Houston, TX 77030.
- Strong applicants will have at least 150 hours of observation, volunteering, or other direct involvement with orthotics / prosthetics clinic or lab by June 2018; or a significant amount of those hours completed prior to interviews (February 2018).
- Completed application, including all supporting documentation, by published deadlines.
- Letters from three individuals who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications. Competitive applicants have at least one letter authored by an O&P clinician attesting to the applicant's fitness to enter professional graduate school.
- Eligibility for licensure to practice under the guidelines established by state law and the TDLR. [As of Aug. 1, 2016, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation will assume O&P responsibilities from the TBOP.]
- Substantive personal essay statement as outlined in the application.
Completion of the following undergraduate courses with a grade of C or better is required:
- Biology/Life Sciences
- Human Anatomy & Human Physiology (lab not required)
- College Algebra or higher math
We welcome international applicants or domestic applicants with coursework from abroad. However, if international coursework is to be considered, applicants must submit the transcript(s) for translation (if applicable) and evaluation by an approved educational credential evaluation service as listed on the OPCAS website, such as World Education Service or WES. These translated and evaluated transcripts are used to objectively verify satisfactory completion of academic pre-requisites.
Additionally, in cases where English is not the native language, applicants are required to submit current TOEFL scores. Completed evaluations and TOEFL scores should be sent directly to Baylor College of Medicine’s O&P Program offices.
* Due to these additional requirements, applicants with any coursework from outside the U.S. are strongly encouraged to submit all application materials by Nov. 15 to allow for additional processing time. International applications received after that date may not be fully processed and received prior to the deadline.
Interview and Acceptance Procedure
Following the receipt of all documents, competitive applicants are invited to participate in interviews conducted in February of each year on the Baylor College of Medicine campus. Each interviewee is evaluated for admission by an interdisciplinary Allied Health Admissions Committee. Decisions on acceptance and results are disseminated within one week of the interviews being conducted.
Following the interview process, the Admission Committee ranks and selects those that will be offered admission or offered a place on the alternate list. Each applicant offered a position in an upcoming cohort must acknowledge acceptance within the time prescribed in the acceptance letter, generally within two weeks of notification. A non-refundable deposit of $350.00 must accompany the written acknowledgement of acceptance to secure his or her seat in the upcoming cohort. Should an accepted interviewee choose not to matriculate, a member of the Alternate List will be invited to claim the seat. The Alternate List is comprised of otherwise qualified applicants who rank next in order behind the original cohort selected.
Students seeking to enhance their prospects of acceptance into the Baylor O&P program 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.
The State of Texas requires students in health care related professions to have been immunized against certain diseases. The specific immunization requirements are based on Texas Department of State Health Services, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Centers for Disease Control recommendations. See the requirements on the Baylor Occupational Health Program site. All students enrolling in Baylor health-related training programs, to include the O&P Program, are required to have undergone meningitis vaccination within the last 5 years and no later than 10 days before their date of enrollment. The form for documenting meningitis vaccination can be downloaded from the “Incoming Students” page on the OHP website.
A background check is completed on each applicant offered admission into the O&P Program. The rationale for performing a criminal background check is based upon a number of issues, including the need to ensure the safety and well-being of patients and bolster the public’s trust in the O&P profession, and to ascertain the ability of accepted applicants to eventually become licensed Orthotists and Prosthetists. Rules and regulations issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) govern eligibility of resident/student licensees. Because the clinical residency is integrated into the program, all program applicants must also be eligible for resident/student licensing by the TDLR.
As an applicant/enrollee in an educational program that prepares individuals for issuance of an occupational license, Texas law requires that you be notified that the issuance of occupational licenses may be restricted based on a license applicant’s criminal history. View Notice of Potential ineligibility for License.