Why do a short course in anatomy?

Learn the key ideas about how the human body works, and how its function is related to its structure. You may want to study this for personal interest, or as a return to study, or to provide a foundation for further studies in the health sciences -  bridging a gap between the health sciences and your previous studies if these did not include physiology and anatomy.

Bridging Physiology and Anatomy (BPA) online course

Who should enrol?

Enrol if:

  • successful completion of BPA online is a requirement for you to take up your offer of a place (see immediately below)
  • you want to learn about physiology and anatomy.
  • you want a refresher course in physiology and anatomy as a return to study

Successful completion of this course is a requirement for several student groups:

  • Graduates whose previous studies did not include physiology and anatomy and who are offered a place in Master of Health Information Management, Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry), and Master of Orthoptics.
  • Division 2 Nurses who qualified prior to 2008, and entering the Bachelor of Nursing (EN Pathway) conversion program
  • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences/Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (prior to commencement of OT studies).

Students who are enrolling in the Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) whose previous studies DID include physiology and anatomy can apply for Advanced Standing for the Bridging Course in Physiology and Anatomy. Please email your completed application form, including certified copies of academic transcripts to Elizabeth Brown (E:

Note: The Physiology and Anatomy bridging program is NOT a pathway into the Master of Physiotherapy Practice

Course dates and enrolment

Course dates: Monday 1 May 2017 to Friday 19 May 2017

Enrolment closes on Friday 28 April 2017

The Bridging Course will be offered again in December 2017; dates will be advised at a later date on the website.

Anyone who is interested can enrol in the online Bridging Physiology and Anatomy (BPA): you do not have to intend to enrol in other studies at La Trobe University.

This short course does not attract any credit points, but it is acceptable at a number of universities as a bridging program for certain courses in health sciences such as Pharmacy, Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, Speech Pathology. We recommend you check with your University before enrolling.

Download the Bridging Course in Physiology and Anatomy information sheet [PDF 517KB] for information on dates, course delivery and learning outcomes.

You might also find the Frequently Asked Questions useful.

Delivery mode

This course is delivered entirely online and self-paced and students may participate in the course at any times that suit them, provided that they complete all of the assessments before the course closes. We observe that most students are able to complete the course comfortably over three weeks.

Online teaching always has interruptions - for example for maintenance, or system problems.  Please allow for unexpected delays in your study.

You will be sent an email, usually a few days before the course opens, with your username, password and details about how to access the Learning Management System (LMS).

Enrol now to ensure that you have maximum access to the course material from the opening date of the course.

Enrolment and Payment

The course fee is $420.

Note that once your payment has been successful, you will be given a receipt number: this is your receipt.  Please record this number.

Pay by credit card using our secure online payment system. Click on ENROL NOW.

Refund policy

An application for a refund will only be considered as per the University's policy for supporting documentation. There will be an administrative fee of $50.

Refunds are not available once the course has commenced (as per the course dates listed above).


A certificate with your name, mark and grade, and a brief description of the course dates and course content will be posted to you, shortly after the course closes. This certificate is part of your curriculum vitae (CV) and is an important document: treat it with care.

There is an administrative fee of $20 for the replacement of a lost certificate.

Get in touch

For further enquiries about this bridging course, please contact:

Academic Coordinator
Elizabeth Brown
T: (+61) 400 216 640

Christine Forster
T: (+ 61) 3 9479 6655