A research project by an Orthotics and Prosthetics graduate student has provided prospective students with a wealth of information about the career path, as well as the different education options to become a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO).

The first helpful resource compares costs of the different Orthotic and Prosthetic (O&P) programs, offered by 12 different institutions, factoring things such as in-and-out-of-state tuition, program length, and estimated monthly cost of living. This comprehensive list ranks IIOP fourth on the list, behind two in-state tuition options. Tampa’s relatively low cost of living is attractive, and it is safe to say that how much an individual spends in a month is highly variable. The key, however is that IIOP does not charge more for out-of-state students versus in-state, and has one of the shortest program lengths overall. These factors play a role in making IIOP the most cost effective out-of-state choice. This undoubtedly is a draw for candidates outside the state of Florida, or maybe its the beautiful beaches and coastlines. We hope the rankings demonstrate the International Institutes  commitment to high standards of academic excellence and a dedication to inclusion, affordability, accessibility and student success.

See for yourself, the spreadsheet can be found at http://oandpschools.com/schools/ along with curriculum comparisons and an opportunity cost spreadsheet. The site even has a helpful blog post which details the pathway to becoming a CPO, including the residencies and certification exams along the way.

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Schools ranked by total estimated costCosts updated August, 2020
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SchoolLength of program (months)Total Tuition and FeesMonthly Estimated Cost of Living*Total Estimated Cost of Living Total Estimated Cost/LoanEstimated Monthly Payment for 10 years**Total amount paid over 10 year loan periodLinks
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UT Southwestern (in-state)19$25,848.00$2,016.00$38,304.00$64,152.00$744.86$89,383.09https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/about-us/administrative-offices/financial-aid/cost-of-attendance/health-professions/
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Concordia St. Paul^22$18,540.00$2,156.70$47,447.40$65,987.40$766.17$91,940.36https://www.csp.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid/graduate-tuition-aid/
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Alabama State (in-state)22$33,357.00$2,051.00$45,122.00$78,479.00$911.21$109,344.93https://www.alasu.edu/cost-aid/tuition-costs/student-accounts/tuition-and-fees
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International Institute of Orthotics and Prosthetics/Florida International University^^16$51,938.00$2,107.00$33,712.00$85,650.00$994.47$119,336.29https://iiofoandp.org/cost/
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UT Southwestern (out-of-state)19$51,163.00$2,016.00$38,304.00$89,467.00$1,038.79$124,654.53https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/about-us/administrative-offices/financial-aid/cost-of-attendance/health-professions/
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Eastern Michigan (in-state)22$51,985.00$2,304.40$50,696.80$102,681.80$1,192.22$143,066.73https://www.emich.edu/sbs/basics/calculator.php
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Alabama State (out-of-state)22$60,549.00$2,051.00$45,122.00$105,671.00$1,226.93$147,231.59https://www.alasu.edu/cost-aid/tuition-costs/student-accounts/tuition-and-fees
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Concordia St. Paul + Century College dual enrollment^
34$32,612.58$2,156.70$73,327.80$105,940.38$1,230.06$147,606.92https://www.century.edu/cost-financial-aid/tuition-rates-fees
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University of Washington (in-state)++22$50,322.80$2,541.00$55,902.00$106,224.80$1,233.36$148,003.20http://rehab.washington.edu/education/degree/po/financial.asp
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Pittsburgh (in-state)22$68,276.00$1,927.80$42,411.60$110,687.60$1,285.18$154,221.23https://ir.pitt.edu/graduate-tuition/
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Hartford22$65,781.00$2,198.70$48,371.40$114,152.40$1,325.41$159,048.74https://www.hartford.edu/academics/schools-colleges/enhp/academics/department-of-rehabilitation-sciences/ms-in-prosthetics-and-orthotics.aspx#
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University of Washington (out-of-state)++22$62,000.00$2,541.00$55,902.00$117,902.00$1,368.94$164,273.06http://rehab.washington.edu/education/degree/po/financial.asp
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Baylor30$60,877.00$2,064.30$61,929.00$122,806.00$1,425.88$171,105.81https://www.bcm.edu/education/tuition-fees/health-professions
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Pittsburgh (out-of-state)22$81,222.00$1,927.80$42,411.60$123,633.60$1,435.49$172,258.91https://ir.pitt.edu/graduate-tuition/
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California State22$62,660.00$2,891.00$63,602.00$126,262.00$1,466.01$175,921.07https://www.csudh.edu/health-sciences/oandp/msop-option/registration/
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Northwestern22$77,564.00$2,251.90$49,541.80$127,105.80$1,475.81$177,096.73https://www.nupoc.northwestern.edu/education/masters-program/faq.html
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Eastern Michigan (out-of-state)22$90,565.00$2,304.40$50,696.80$141,261.80$1,640.17$196,820.31https://www.emich.edu/sbs/basics/calculator.php
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Loma Linda30$105,599.00$2,156.00$64,680.00$170,279.00$1,977.08$237,250.03https://home.llu.edu/programs/orthotics-and-prosthetics-entry-levelprior-bs-msop
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* Estimated cost of living comes from the Economic Policy Institute website (https://www.epi.org/resources/budget/) based on the city or county the school is located in. Because students often live more frugally than the average person, the monthly cost has been reduced by 30%. The total estimated cost is then calculated by multiplying the monthly cost by the length of the program.
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** Estimated monthly payment based on 7% interest rate (current Federal Loans are between 6.6% - 7.6%) for standard 10 year repayment.
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-++ University of Washington tution is difficult to verify online and may be innacurate.
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^ In order to qualify for the Concordia program, you must complete about 70 credit hours worth of prerequisite coursework at Century College. This adds at least one year to the timeline as well as the additional tuition (see CSP + Century College dual enrollment option).
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^^ There is no federal Title IV financial aid available for students enrolled in the FIU/IIOP program. Students needing financial assistance may apply for a private alternative loan. Student loans will not be provided by financial institutions.
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