La Trobe University

Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics


Start dates
Semester 1 (March) 2018
2 years full-time
Fees and costs
$37,400 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

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.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


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.

Career outcomes

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.

Professional recognition

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

Course fees

$37,400 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

Additional costs

Approximate costs include:

In addition, students must obtain a: Students will need to complete one placement interstate, these 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: Students will be required to purchase a Prosthetics and Orthotics Toolkit which will be used during the Bridging Course.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

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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.

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: