Prosthetics and orthotics

Why study Prosthetics and orthotics?

Prosthetics and orthotics are clinical disciplines that deal with artificial limbs (prostheses) for people with amputations and supportive devices (orthoses) for people with musculoskeletal weakness or neurological disorders.

You will study anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, prosthetic and orthotic prescription, and design and fabrication. You will also develop strong practical skills in research methodology, clinical assessment and the application of prosthetic and orthotic techniques. Clinical placements are an important part of our program.

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Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in major hospital and private prosthetic-orthotic facilities as well as other agencies. La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.

Courses

Local students

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2018

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics
Duration :
4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Melbourne 82.25
Year
2018
About this course
Few things are as rewarding as giving someone the ability to walk, stand or even just pick up a cup. Studying clinical prosthetics and orthotics gives you the ability to do just that. You'll learn about artificial limbs (prostheses) for people with amputations, and supportive devices (orthoses) for people with musculoskeletal weakness. This course offers practical experience, and is the only course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.

Your clinical experience starts in first year with a half-day observational placement. In second and third years you'll work with volunteer clients. In fourth year you'll do two clinical placements (12 or 16 weeks) at a leading Australian or international hospital or private practice. During this time you'll gain experience with tasks including assisting in providing prosthetic and orthotic treatment while working directly with clients.

This clinical discipline requires students to be hands-on. That's why we have clinical workshops allowing you to experiment with materials and equipment first hand. Our technical labs and clinical consulting rooms are of the highest standard. Study areas include clinical orthotics and prosthetics, where you learn to work with clients in a respectful manner. You'll work one-on-one with a diverse range of clients and learn how to assess, prescribe and plan treatment. You'll also learn about casting, cast modification, fabrication, fitting and alignment.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
Career opportunities
Prosthetist-orthotists are integral members of healthcare teams. Graduates can find work in major hospitals, private prosthetic-orthotic facilities and other agencies. Graduates also have the skills to perform clinical, technical, advisory and educational roles. Graduates are eligible to work in many overseas locations once they meet national professional recognition or certification, e.g., Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) in the UK.
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics may be eligible to apply for membership with Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Professional membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 30 in any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development equals 4 aggregate points. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Fee amount
CSP contribution band 2.
Costs
Approximate costs include: A$700 for tool kit, A$40 for uniform, A$10 for name tag. Students can buy books (if required), uniforms and equipment from any supplier; these remain the students' personal property. Student notes are mostly available free of charge online.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website.

All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics will undertake education at a clinical school during the fourth year of the course over a period of 16 weeks . In addition, a professional placement program of 16 weeks full time duration will be undertaken in the final 12 months A professional education placement component of the program may need to be undertaken interstate. There is also an option for some students to undertake their placement overseas.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2018.

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See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

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International students

2018

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics (083317C/062802G)

Duration :
4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
40 400
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
Few things are as rewarding as giving someone the ability to walk, stand or even just pick up a cup. Studying clinical prosthetics and orthotics gives you the ability to do just that. You'll learn about artificial limbs (prostheses) for people with amputations, and supportive devices (orthoses) for people with musculoskeletal weakness. This course offers practical experience, and is the only course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.

Your clinical experience starts in first year with a half-day observational placement. In second and third years you'll work with volunteer clients. In fourth year you'll do two clinical placements (12 or 16 weeks) at a leading Australian or international hospital or private practice. During this time you'll gain experience with tasks including assisting in providing prosthetic and orthotic treatment while working directly with clients.

This clinical discipline requires students to be hands-on. That's why we have clinical workshops allowing you to experiment with materials and equipment first hand. Our technical labs and clinical consulting rooms are of the highest standard. Study areas include clinical orthotics and prosthetics, where you learn to work with clients in a respectful manner. You'll work one-on-one with a diverse range of clients and learn how to assess, prescribe and plan treatment. You'll also learn about casting, cast modification, fabrication, fitting and alignment.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
English Language Requirements
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70%) PG1) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Additional costs
Approximate costs include: A$700 for tool kit, A$40 for uniform, A$10 for name tag. Students can buy books (if required), uniforms and equipment from any supplier; these remain the students' personal property. Student notes are mostly available free of charge online.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
Accelerated study program
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics may be eligible to apply for membership with Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Professional membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Career opportunities
Prosthetist-orthotists are integral members of healthcare teams. Graduates can find work in major hospitals, private prosthetic-orthotic facilities and other agencies. Graduates also have the skills to perform clinical, technical, advisory and educational roles. Graduates are eligible to work in many overseas locations once they meet national professional recognition or certification, e.g., Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) in the UK.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Prosthetics and orthotics placements

You will do a half-day observational placement in first year and two clinical placements totalling 12 or 16 weeks in fourth year.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

My placement at the Royal Children's Hospital was a fantastic experience. I was able to get a really good idea of what my future career would involve.

Ms Sarah Carter,

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