The Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics program received notice of full accreditation effective on Jan. 15, 2015. Program accreditation is granted through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
As a top-tier medical education institution, Baylor College of Medicine is committed to maintaining the highest level of accreditation in all of its programs. The highest standard for O&P educational program accreditation is maintained by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or CAAHEP.
The program accreditation process is a valuable service to students, education and residency programs, industry professionals, and the public. It defines the profession’s educational standards and validates programs that offer relevant, high-quality education.
O&P education programs desiring accreditation status must apply to CAAHEP for accreditation. While applying for accreditation, programs conduct careful internal and external reviews and submit reports. Qualified evaluators perform on-site visits, and programs demonstrate compliance with established standards and guidelines. Throughout the process, CAAHEP consults with and assists programs by applying and maintaining established standards.
As a new educational program, the Baylor College of Medicine is pursuing CAAHEP accreditation. As part of the CAAHEP accreditation process, new programs submit for candidacy accreditation through the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education or NCOPE. NCOPE works closely with CAAHEP to provide a critical initial review of the program to ensure compliance with the standards. Baylor's MSOP program was granted candidacy accreditation in February 2013 - a necessary precursor to full-program accreditation. Application for full accreditation can only be made after students have begun class and data have collected regarding academic performance and program effectiveness. Baylor's MSOP program expects to submit application for full accreditation in early 2014.* With the submission in early 2014, CAAHEP is expected to review that application in Spring of 2014.
*Initial submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Accreditation.