Physiology and Anatomy

Why do a short course in anatomy?

Learn the key ideas about how the human body works, and how its functions are 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 at La Trobe University:

  • 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 (Email:

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

Who can enrol?

Anyone who is interested is welcome to 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 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.

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 over approximately three weeks.

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

Download the Bridging Course in Physiology and Anatomy information sheet [PDF 476KB] or Bridging Course in Physiology and Anatomy information sheet [Word 59.5KB] for further information on course delivery and learning outcomes.

You might also find the Frequently Asked Questions useful.

Course dates

Course dates: Monday 27 November 2017 to Friday 16 February 2018.

Enrolments: open 1 November 2017 and close on Wednesday 24 January 2018.

Please note that enrolment is not possible during the University close-down from 22 December 2017 to 2 January 2018.

Any applications for advanced Standing for this course must be received by 17 January 2018, by email to Elizabeth Brown:

We expect that the Bridging Course will be offered again in May 2018; once confirmed, May dates will be advised on this website.

Enrolment and Payment

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

The course fee is $440.

Pay and enrol by credit card using our secure online payment system.


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

You will receive your username and password a few days before the course commencement date if you are enrolling before November 27.

What happens next?

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).

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).


Your results will be emailed to you a few days after the course closes. The email will contain your name, mark and grade, and a brief description of the course dates and course content. If you require this information to be provided to another University for enrolment purposes please email Christine Forster:

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