Prosthetics and orthotics

Why study prosthetics and orthotics?

Prosthetics and orthotics are clinical disciplines that deal with artificial limbs (prostheses) for people with amputations and supportive devices (orthoses) for people with musculoskeletal weakness or neurological disorders.

You will study anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, prosthetic and orthotic prescription, and design and fabrication. You will also develop strong practical skills in research methodology, clinical assessment and the application of prosthetic and orthotic techniques. Clinical placements are an important part of our program.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in major hospital and private prosthetic-orthotic facilities as well as other agencies. La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.

Your study experience

Prosthetics and orthotics placements

You will do a half-day observational placement in first year and two clinical placements totalling 12 or 16 weeks in fourth year.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

My placement at the Royal Children's Hospital was a fantastic experience. I was able to get a really good idea of what my future career would involve.

Ms Sarah Carter,