Prosthetics and orthotics

Why study Prosthetics and orthotics?

Our postgraduate coursework program is for students with a relevant first degree and offers you a professional qualification in prosthetics and orthotics. Prosthetist-orthotists are integral members of healthcare teams with a clinical, technical, advisory and educational role.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in major hospitals, commercial companies and 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

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.

2018

Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics
Duration :
2 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
Prosthetics and orthotics is the clinical discipline related to the provision of prostheses (artificial limbs) to people with amputations, and orthoses (supportive devices), to people with musculoskeletal weakness or neurological disorders. You will acquire theoretical knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and prosthetic and orthotic prescription, design and fabrication, enhanced by strong practical skills in research methodology, clinical assessment, and the application of prosthetic and orthotic techniques.

In first year, you will develop skills in foot and ankle orthotics, upper-limb
orthotics, transtibial prosthetics, upperlimb prosthetics and clinically applied
research. This is followed by 12 months of clinical theory and practice, with a focus on trans-femoral prosthetics and above-knee orthotics, while primarily located in a clinical environment.

Clinical practice and theory may be held outside official University semester dates.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics are qualified to practise in Australia and a number of overseas countries and may be eligible to apply for registration with Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
Bachelor degree, normally completed within the last seven years. Highly recommended prerequisites are tertiary-level subjects in anatomy and physiology, including regional musculoskeletal anatomy. Desirable prerequisites are tertiary-level subjects in biomechanics, clinical assessment, psychology, pathology, materials technology, evidence-based practice, research methods or statistics, and human movement.

Students without a background in prosthetics and orthotics fabrication skills will be required to complete the bridging course in P&O Fabrication skills and occupational health & safety. The cost for the course is $900 (2013 fee, subject to change).

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.
Fee amount
$35,000 per 120 credit points.
Costs
Approximate costs include: A$600 for tool kit, A$40 for uniform, A$10 for name tag, and A$200 for student notes and manuals. Students can buy books, uniforms and equipment from any supplier; these remain the students' personal property. Student notes are also available free of charge online. Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisation. National Police Check - A$15.50, immunisations - approximately A$500, Working with Children Check (no cost). Accommodation for any clinical placements may vary according to the venue and location. The bridging course, for students without a background in prosthetics and orthotics - Prosthetics and Orthotics Fabrication Skills and Occupational Health and Safety - A$900 (2013 fee, subject to change).
Additional information
All applicants are required to provide specific information in the Supplementary Form before the closing date. See the How to Apply section for the form and closing date.

La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply.

Applicants with no background in prosthetics and orthotics may be required to undertake a bridging course.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open later this year. You also need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 891KB] with your application.

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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:

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2018

Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics (062802G)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
TBC (2017 indicative fee $36 500)
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
Prosthetics and orthotics is the clinical discipline related to the provision of prostheses (artificial limbs) to people with amputations, and orthoses (supportive devices), to people with musculoskeletal weakness or neurological disorders. You will acquire theoretical knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and prosthetic and orthotic prescription, design and fabrication, enhanced by strong practical skills in research methodology, clinical assessment, and the application of prosthetic and orthotic techniques.

In first year, you will develop skills in foot and ankle orthotics, upper-limb
orthotics, transtibial prosthetics, upperlimb prosthetics and clinically applied
research. This is followed by 12 months of clinical theory and practice, with a focus on trans-femoral prosthetics and above-knee orthotics, while primarily located in a clinical environment.

Clinical practice and theory may be held outside official University semester dates.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;

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 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.

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

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have a relevant Bachelors degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelors degree, completed in the past five years
(or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience) with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent.

Essential prerequisite subjects include
subjects in anatomy and physiology covering regional musculoskeletal anatomy. Desirable prerequisite subjects include
studies in biomechanics, clinical assessment, psychology, pathology, materials technology, evidence based practice, research methods or statistics, human movement.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Additional costs
Approximate costs include: A$600 for tool kit, A$40 for uniform, A$10 for name tag, and A$200 for student notes and manuals. Students can buy books, uniforms and equipment from any supplier; these remain the students' personal property. Student notes are also available free of charge online. Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisation. National Police Check - A$15.50, immunisations - approximately A$500, Working with Children Check (no cost). Accommodation for any clinical placements may vary according to the venue and location. The bridging course, for students without a background in prosthetics and orthotics - Prosthetics and Orthotics Fabrication Skills and Occupational Health and Safety - A$900 (2013 fee, subject to change).
Additional information
Applicants must also submit a supplementary form [PDF 590KB].
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics may be eligible to apply for registration with Australian Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
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 two clinical placements totalling at least 12 weeks.

Alternative pathways

We consider relevant work experience and prior learning. These may include paid work as a health professional, in the health or fitness industry, other relevant personal or professional experience and volunteer work. If you do not have the prerequisites for the course, you may do relevant single subjects at any appropriate institution. This does not guarantee entry, but will improve your chance of acceptance.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Prosthetics and orthotics.