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.
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.
Academic entry requirement
You must have a relevant Bachelor's degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelor's 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.
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.
English language requirement
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0.
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.
The prosthetist/orthotist consults with other health care professionals as a member of a clinical team, in examining patients, advising on the types and effectiveness of prosthetic and orthotic devices, pre-surgical planning, and the evaluation of the end result of prosthetic/orthotic treatment. Once you graduate, you will have a range of career opportunities in major hospitals and private commercial companies. Good employment opportunities are generally available both within Australia and overseas, in developed and developing countries.
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
Annual tuition fee (A$)
Approximate costs include:
- A$700 for Prosthetics and Orthotics tool kit,
- A$100 for uniform,
- A$15 for name tag.
- Students can buy books (if required), uniforms and equipment from recommended or other external supplier; these remain the students' personal property.
- Student notes are mostly available free of charge online.
- Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually)
- Working with Children Check (volunteer check has no cost).
- 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.
- Schedule of mandatory immunisations, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.
- 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
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
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:
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