Why Choose IIOP?

The International Institute of Orthotics and Prosthetics is the profession’s only independent O&P educational facility. The Institute is committed to the elevation of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Profession through quality education. IIOP hosts the American Board of Certification for Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Testing Center. Additionally, the Institute hosts multiple professional development courses and symposiums and is the home of the Prosthetic, Orthotic, and Pedorthic Association of Florida. This gives IIOP’s students access to a multitude of educational opportunities as well as exposure to the seasoned clinicians in the profession. The annual meeting of the Academy Chapter hosts a job fair for so that students can have the opportunity to meet potential residency directors, and provides a forum for students of the Institute to present their research papers and case studies to an audience of their peers and mentors. The campus is also home to a private O&P practice which allows our students to complete clinical rotations on-site and gain valuable patient interactions. The IIOP curriculum’s foundational courses are focused on the interdisciplinary approach to problem-based learning. The curriculum encourages students to become lifelong learners with an emphasis on improving orthotic and prosthetic outcomes. A great deal of time is spent ensuring that students develop appropriate manual skills together with the understanding of the importance of lab skills in the workforce.


IIOP’s administration, faculty, staff, and students, affirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and consider them essential elements of a vibrant learning community and integral to our institutional mission. We are determined to foster an environment of inclusion, diversity, openness, and respect for the many differences that will enrich the Orthotic and Prosthetic  community, including race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, socioeconomic status, national origin, language, sexual orientation, disability. Our profession serves a diverse population . Our goal is to increase diversity in our O&P workforce by keeping our tuition as one of the lowest in the Country.

The IIOP campus offers 40,000 sq. ft. dedicated to Orthotic and Prosthetic education, featuring large spacious O&P laboratories for fabrication activities.


  • No Out-of-State Tuition or Fees
  • One of the Lowest total tuition cost Nationally
  • Focus on fabrication
  • National and International Clinical Rotation experiences
  • Patient-centered curriculum
  • Community service
  • Well-rounded education
  • Interdisciplinary faculty
  • By keeping our tuition low, we continue to increase the chances for inclusivity and diversity on campus.

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Master of Science in O&P Graduation, NCOPE Residency Rates and Exam Pass Rates

Program StartStudents EnteringStudents GraduatingGraduation RateResidency placements prior to graduationTotal entering residency less than 6 months Post-Graduation
2019 Spring33100%23
2020 Spring77100%67
2020 Fall1212100%1212
2021 Spring55100%55
2021 Fall2424100%2224
2022 Spring99100%89
2022 Fall2929100%1926
2023 Fall34In ProgressIn Progress
2024 Spring10In ProgressIn Progress
The total number of students entering and graduating above do not reflect cohorts that are currently in progress.


The International Institute of Orthotics and Prosthetics was founded in 2015. The Master’s Program in Orthotics and Prosthetics offered today by the Institute has its history in the St. Petersburg College (SPC) O&P program at the Health Education Center in Pinellas Park, Florida.  SPC is a Florida  Community College, founded in 1927, that began offering four-year degrees in 2002.  In 2005 SPC was approved to offer a bachelor’s degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics.

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Graduate Testimonials

As someone who has been immersed in the field of orthotics and prosthetics since birth, I was confident in my decision of choosing the International Institute of Orthotics and Prosthetics to further my education. IIOP gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of how to treat a patient with the same confidence and compassion I have received from own clinician. I was supplied with the tools and direction needed to enhance my ability to fabricate and customize to best fit any patient or need. I take pride in my education and am thankful for the guidance and direction from the faculty. I will always be grateful for the learning opportunities and networking I was given throughout my time at IIOP.

“My name is Reagan Handley and I am a December 2023 graduate of IIOP. My time at IIOP prepared me to go into residency and the field with confidence in both my hand skills and patient interactions. The opportunity to serve as the student government President allowed me to experience a variety of ways that I can serve in the field of orthotics and prosthetics. IIOP gave me the chance to attend the AOPA policy forum in Washington, D.C. in May 2023, and because of this opportunity, I hope to continue my involvement with O and P policy advocacy in the future. IIOP has continued to support my endeavors, following graduation, and I will be forever grateful for the faculty, staff, and education at IIOP.”

Reagan Handley

“Hello! My name is Lauren Bogardus and I am a December 2023 IIOP graduate. This school quickly became a very special place to me. The professors persistently supported my passions going into the O&P field. Through this, I was able to attend numerous O&P conferences, start my own adaptive dance program, and apply what I was learning in the classroom in various hands-on settings. I know I have created lifelong friendships with the students and staff at IIOP. I will forever be grateful for my time here!”

Lauren Bogardus

“Hi, my name is Alyssa Noe. I was a December 2022 graduate from IIOP. I am currently in my O&P combined residency at Capital Prosthetics and Orthotics Center in Columbus, Ohio. The professors at IIOP did a great job preparing us for the written board exam by focusing on the high yield topics, but also giving us enough background to successfully tackle the rare content questions as well. Mr. Martin’s advice to take it sooner rather than later paid dividends. I was basically able to start my residency with the weight of that first board exam off my shoulders with all the knowledge still fresh in my memory. Lastly, while being able to jump from the beautiful lab facilities at IIOP straight to the beach with my classmates may not have prepared me for cold winters in Ohio, it did give me a solid foundation which I draw upon every day with my wonderful coworkers at Capital Prosthetics and Orthotics Center.”

Alyssa Noe

“IIOP presented me with incredible opportunities both in the patient clinic and the classroom to expand my knowledge of Orthotics and Prosthetics further than anywhere else.  The amazing faculty and staff provided a platform for my classmates and I to carve out our own style of healthcare professionalism and fabrication techniques.”

Richard Gotti, New York

“My time here at IIOP not only expanded my understanding of the O&P field, but has taught me more about my capabilities to solve problems and constantly seek resolution in and out of the classroom. I have learned how to work hard in the lab so I am able to enjoy the beauty of Tampa, Florida.  From kayak fishing in the mangroves, to enjoying the sweet sweet beaches, Tampa has quickly become one of my favorite places to live. If you’re like me and you are from out of town, then no problem because IIOP is within 5 minutes from the Tampa International Airport! IIOP has continued to challenge me but has made my graduate experience one I will never forget.”

Bryce Dahl, Tennessee

“I have just finished my last semester at IIOP and it has been such a fun and beneficial learning experience. The facility is unlike anything I have seen at other schools and even other O&P facilities. I come from a background in prosthetics and orthotics, so I had pretty high expectations for the school, and it checks all my boxes. There is so much space in a brand-new building, which makes working on projects very stress-free. The instructors are so much fun to work with and knowledgeable in their fields. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in the field of orthotics and prosthetics.”

Alex Miller, Ohio

“I looked forward to coming to school every day because IIOP had provided me with the best education in the best environment. It was great to be part of a school whose sole focus is Orthotics and Prosthetics. The class sizes are small, and the facility is very spacious, which made working on assignments a breeze. I just recently graduated, and I will miss my instructors, who had made my time at the school not only educational but also fun. If you want the best O&P education you can get, IIOP is the school for you.”

Ivanice Torres Rivera, Puerto Rico (2020)

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