La Trobe University

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics


Start dates
Semester 1 (March)
4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Annual tuition fee (A$)
40 400
Few things are as rewarding as giving someone the ability to walk, stand or even just pick up a cup. Studying clinical prosthetics and orthotics gives you the ability to do just that. You'll learn about artificial limbs (prostheses) for people with amputations, and supportive devices (orthoses) for people with musculoskeletal weakness. This course offers practical experience, and is the only course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.

Your clinical experience starts in first year with a half-day observational placement. In second year you'll complete a one week observational placement, in third year you'll work with volunteer clients in practical applications of prostheses and orthoses. In fourth year you'll do two clinical placements (14 weeks total) at a leading Australian or international hospital or private practice. During this time you'll gain experience with tasks including assisting in providing prosthetic and orthotic treatment while working directly with clients.

This clinical discipline requires students to be hands-on. That's why we have clinical workshops allowing you to experiment with materials and equipment first hand. Our technical labs and clinical consulting rooms are of the highest standard. Study areas include clinical orthotics and prosthetics, where you learn to work with clients in a respectful manner. You'll work one-on-one with a diverse range of clients and learn how to assess, prescribe and plan treatment. You'll also learn about casting, cast modification, fabrication, fitting, alignment and evaluation of fit and function of several prosthetic and orthotic devices.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.

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

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

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. Graduates are eligible to work in many overseas locations once they meet national professional recognition or certification, e.g., Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) in the UK.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and 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 scholarships

Annual tuition fee (A$)

40 400

Additional costs

Approximate costs include: A$700 for tool kit, A$100 for uniform, A$15 for name tag. Students can buy books (if required), uniforms and equipment from recommended or external suppliers; 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 (volunteer check is 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. 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. Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.


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

How to apply

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805. Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

Additional information

Accelerated study program. TThis course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website. All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics will undertake education at a clinical school during the fourth year of the course over two periods of five weeks. In addition, a professional placement program of two, seven weeks block, full time duration will be undertaken in the final 12 months. A professional education placement component of the program may need to be undertaken interstate. There is also an option for some students to undertake their placement overseas.

Advanced Standing (credit)

If you have undertaken previous tertiary study, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This is called Advanced Standing. It is important to note that Advanced Standing for this course is limited given this course is designated for entry into first year only Find out more

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.

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