University Handbook 2018

Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics

Course code/s: HMCPO

Course details
Location Melbourne (Bundoora)
Course code HMCPO
Mid year intake available No
Course coordinator Kerry Fisher
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 062802G
Course duration 2 years full-time
Credit points 240 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

The Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics is a two-year, full-time program that will enable students with a relevant first degree to obtain a professional qualification in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

The prosthetist-orthotist is responsible for the provision of prostheses (artificial limbs) to people with amputations, and orthoses (supportive devices) to people with musculoskeletal disabilities. The responsibilities of the Prosthetist-Orthotist include: assessment of the client, the design, fabrication, fitting and alignment of prostheses and orthoses, and the monitoring and review of the devices used by their clients. The Prosthetist-Orthotist is an integral member of the health care team with a clinical, technical, advisory and educational role. The Prosthetist-Orthotist aims to maximise the function and comfort of the client by providing the most appropriate prosthetic or orthotic treatment.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Collaborate and communicate specialist knowledge effectively with a range of professional and non-professional stakeholders in a variety of cultural and practice settings using appropriate modes and media.
Plan, implement and evaluate a client-centred, Prosthetic and Orthotic treatment plan informed by clinical assessment and current evidence.
Deliver safe, ethical and effective practice as an autonomous practitioner, and as a member or leader of a team in a multidisciplinary environment.
A practitioner who takes an enquiring approach, where reflection and critical analysis of existing practice, new research evidence and innovation informs ongoing improvement.
Technical and communication skills to design, provide and evaluate complex prosthetic and orthotic service provision.
To think critically and creatively to solve problems using research evidence and clinical knowledge.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 240 credit points over two years of full-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit Points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM* Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 POR3ACR Applied Clinical Research in Prosthetics and Orthotics 15
TE-SEM-1 POR3EOF Extended Orthotic Management of the Foot 15
TE-SEM-1 POR3CTT Clinical Transtibial Prosthetics 15
TE-SEM-1 POR3ETT Evidence of Transtibial Prosthetics 15
TE-SEM-2 POR4CFA Clinical Foot Ankle Orthotics 15
TE-SEM-2 POR4EFA Evidence of Foot Ankle Orthotics 15
TE-SEM-2 POR4MUL Management of the Upper Limb 15
TE-SEM-2 POR4SCR Seminars in Clinical Research 15

Key: *LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Second year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W27-52 POR5CEA Clinical Education in Prosthetics and Orthotics A 30
TE-W06-24 or TE-W27-52 POR5ELP Extended Lower Limb Prosthetics 30
TE-W06-24 or TE-W27-52 POR5ELO Extended Evidence Based Orthotic Management of the Lower Limb 30
TE-W06-24 or TE-W27-52 POR5ECE Extended Clinical Experience 30



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