Physiology and anatomy

Why do a short course in physiology and anatomy?

Learn the key ideas about how the human body works, and how its functions are related to its structure. You may want to study this for personal interest, or as a return to study, or to provide a foundation for further studies in the health sciences -  bridging a gap between the health sciences and your previous studies if these did not include physiology and anatomy.

Bridging Physiology and Anatomy (BPA) online course

Who should enrol?

Enrol if:

  • successful completion of BPA online is a requirement for you to take up your offer of a place (see immediately below)
  • you want to learn about physiology and anatomy.
  • you want a refresher course in physiology and anatomy as a return to study

Successful completion of this course is a requirement for several student groups at La Trobe University:

  • Graduates whose previous studies did not include physiology and anatomy and who are offered a place in Master of Health Information Management, Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry), and Master of Orthoptics.
  • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences/Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (prior to commencement of OT studies).

Note: The Physiology and Anatomy bridging program is NOT a pathway into the Master of Physiotherapy Practice

Who can enrol?

Anyone who is interested is welcome to enrol in the online Bridging Physiology and Anatomy (BPA): you do not have to intend to enrol in other studies at La Trobe University.

This short course does not attract any credit points but is acceptable at a number of universities as a bridging program for certain courses in health sciences such as Pharmacy, Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, Speech Pathology. We recommend you check with your University before enrolling.

Delivery mode

This course is delivered entirely online and self-paced and students may participate in the course at any times that suit them, provided that they complete all of the assessments before the course closes. We observe that most students are able to complete the course over approximately three weeks.

Online teaching always has interruptions - for example for maintenance or system problems. Please allow for unexpected delays in your study.

Download the Bridging Course in Physiology and Anatomy information sheet [PDF 214KB] for further information on course delivery and learning outcomes.

Course dates

Enrolment Dates:

Open: Monday 29 November 2021

Close: Friday 4 February 2022

Bridging Course Dates:

Open: Monday 6 December 2021

Close: Sunday 27 February 2022

Enrolment and Payment

Enrol early to ensure that you have maximum access to the course material from the opening date of the course.

The course fee is $490.

Pay and enrol by credit card using our secure online payment system. This Enrolment link becomes live when enrolments open on the above date and close at midnight on the day of enrolment closure.


Note that once your payment has been successful, you will be given a receipt number: this is your receipt.  Please record this number.

Your username and password will be emailed to you a few days prior to the course commencement date. Once the course has commenced your username and password is usually emailed within two working days of payment.

Refund policy

An application for a refund will only be considered as per the University's policy for supporting documentation. There will be an administrative fee of $75.

Refunds are not available once the course has commenced (as per the course dates listed above).


Your results will be emailed to you a few days after the course closes. The email will contain your name, mark and grade, and a brief description of the course dates and course content. If you require this information to be provided to another University for enrolment purposes please email:

Get in touch

For further enquiries about this bridging course, please contact:

School of Life Sciences
Administration Office