Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics
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 orthotics, foot and ankle orthotics, management of the upper limb transtibial prosthetics clinical research. This is followed by 12 months of clinical theory and practice, with a focus on complex prosthetics and orthotics, while primarily located in a clinical environment.
Clinical practice and theory may be held outside official University semester dates.
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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 anatomy and physiology, prosthetics and orthotics will be required to complete the School of Human Biosciences Physiology and Anatomy and/or the P&O Fabrication skills and occupational health & safety bridging courses.
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.
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 of 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.
Fees and costs
$37,400 per 120 credit points.
Approximate costs include: A$700 for Prosthetics and Orthotics 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. Bridging courses costs for students without a background in anatomy and physiology; prosthetics and orthotics: • School of Human Biosciences Physiology and Anatomy Bridging Course. Students are advised to undertake this prior to the Prosthetics and Orthotics Bridging Course, cost $420. • Prosthetics and Orthotics Fabrication Skills and Occupational Health and Safety - A$900 http://www.latrobe.edu.au/study/undergrad/how-to-apply/pathways/health-science/bridging-courses. Students will be required to purchase a Prosthetics and Orthotics Toolkit which will be used during the Bridging Course.
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