First Graduates of New Prosthetics Program
The first fourteen students to complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, with a specialization in Engineering Management of Orthotics and Prosthetics (MSIE-EMOP) graduated August 2015.
Florida State University and St. Petersburg College partnered to offer a graduate program of study leading to Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, with a specialization in Engineering Management of Orthotics and Prosthetics (MSIE-EMOP). Through this partnership, St. Petersburg College students who have earned a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Orthotics and Prosthetics can then apply and matriculate to Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department at FSU to earn their master's degree, MSIE-EMOP. The first class of the MS program, which was admitted in Fall 2014, graduated August 7, 2015.
This program is Florida's only Orthotics and Prosthetics Practitioner Program and one of only twelve in the nation accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
The 14 graduates were Michael Adams, Melvin Cleo Carver, Zachary Delany Coker, Emily Marie Crawford, Anthony Americo Ferraro, Maria Paula Gomez Rojas, Orializ M. Gonzalez, Michael Angelus Grchan, Sean Harris, Gabriel Jaime Henao, Brian Michael Moran, Stephenie Amber Poling, Ky Gordon Schadoffsky, and Michael Anthony Sosa.
The National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) accredited program provides students with a solid foundation in the principles and application of advanced materials, and the application of those principles with respect to formulating and solving O&P problems.
Courses are delivered online, in a synchronous format and require students to have some contact with the St. Petersburg College campus.
These graduates may find a future career in Prosthetics and Orthotics Engineering, Prosthetics and Orthotics Engineering Management, as an Engineering Faculty Member, or in a related discipline.