Bridging 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.

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Location Online
Date/s Anytime
Time/s Self-paced learning

6 weeks from time of registration (90 hours of self-directed learning)
Please note, access to the online course may take 5-10 business days to be granted

Prerequisites/s There are no prerequisites for this course.
Fee/s $539.00 inc. GST

The aim of the online Bridging Course in Physiology and Anatomy is to enable you to become an independent learner in the disciplines of Physiology and Anatomy, by developing an understanding of the function and structure of the human body. This knowledge serves either as an end in itself, or as a foundation for further studies in the Health Sciences.

Who should enrol in the Bridging Course in Physiology and Anatomy?

Successful completion of this course is a requirement for several student groups: graduates whose previous studies did not include Physiology and Anatomy and who are offered a place at La Trobe University in:

  • Master of Health Information Management
  • Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program
  • Master of Orthoptics
  • Students enrolled in Bachelor of Psychological Sciences/Master of Occupational Therapy Practice prior to commencing the Master of Occupational Therapy studies

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.

Any student returning to study in the Health Sciences may find that this course is good preparation for returning to formal studies. Any person who is interested in learning about Human Physiology and Anatomy is also encouraged to enrol and participate in this online course - you do not have to be enrolling in further studies at La Trobe University.

The Physiology and Anatomy bridging course is NOT a pathway into the Master of Physiotherapy Practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Learn independently about information and concepts in the disciplines of Human Physiology and Anatomy.
  • Describe the roles of the organ systems, and explain how these contribute to the maintenance of homeostasis.
  • Describe the relationship between structure and function of cells, tissues and organs.
  • Interpret, critique, and apply data that describe normal physiological functioning.
  • Predict consequences of certain diseases or injury on normal function.
  • Communicate in an informed way about normal physiology and aspects of anatomy with colleagues and clients.


There are 5 tests, each contributing 10 marks, and the final examination that contributes 50 marks. The tests and examination are conducted online.

Extra requirements

  1. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  2. Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software).

Further information


T: 1300 135 045