Orthotics and Prosthetics Program Mission

The mission of Baylor College of Medicine's Orthotics and Prosthetics Program is to produce future generations of orthotists and prosthetists who:

  • Improve the lives of those they have the opportunity to treat
  • Serve leadership roles in clinical practice, research, and academia
  • Engage in the transfer of the best evidence to clinical practice
  • Navigate skillfully the complexities of modern healthcare practice
  • Drive the development of leading technology

"The faculty clearly demonstrate the program's mission every day. They teach us to treat every patient with compassion and that comes through in all encounters." - Jennifer Penner, O & P Student

Our Program

Orthotics and Prosthetics Lab (320x240)
Students and faculty working in the fabrication lab.

Our program is dedicated to helping students become leading orthotists and prosthetists prepared to treat those individuals who undergo limb loss or are in need of orthotic intervention.

Based within Baylor College of Medicine's School of Health Professions, the O & P Program is also aligned with one of the nation’s highest-ranked medical schools and graduate schools of biomedical sciences as well as one of the largest biomedical research enterprises in the country.

Our location within the Texas Medical Center, the largest such collection of hospitals, medical schools, and specialty clinics in the world, facilitates access to clinical and research resources that cannot be matched anywhere else. All of this means our students are part of a diverse community of health care providers and scientists that include international leaders in their specialties.

Being in Houston does more than provide a great place to live while you train. With no dominant ethnicity in Houston, the diversity of the population in the nation’s fourth largest city is reflected in the patient populations at our clinical facilities. Rich exposure to patients and families from many cultures and ethnic groups prepares our students to work anywhere in the world. Students have the opportunity to learn first hand how health beliefs and practices are influenced by culture.

View our program objectives.

"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." - Edward Kirsche, O & P Student


The Orthotics and Prosthetics Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or CAAHEP. Visit the College's accreditation page for information about other accrediting agencies that review Baylor College of Medicine's educational programs. 

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.