Bridging courses

If you're looking for an entry to a course, but do not meet the subject prerequisites and requirements, a bridging course can support you to get you into the course you want.

These courses are designed to provide foundational knowledge to help you better understand your chosen course.

Bridging course in Physiology and Anatomy

If you’re a successful applicant for the graduate-entry Master of Health Information Management and haven’t completed a degree in medicine, biomedical science, science (with studies in anatomy and physiology), dentistry, nursing, allied health or health sciences (containing anatomy and physiology subjects), you should undertake the bridging course in Physiology and Anatomy.

If you’re offered a place in the Master of Occupational Therapy Practice program and don’t have a background in anatomy and physiology, you must successfully complete the Physiology and Anatomy (BPA) bridging course.

The bridging course in Physiology and Anatomy will give you the foundation for further studies in nursing and health science. You’ll study and understand the function and structure of the human body.

On completion, you’ll be able to:

  • learn independently about information and concepts in the disciplines of physiology and anatomy
  • describe the roles of the organ systems, explain how these contribute to the maintenance of homeostasis and describe physiological responses for survival
  • describe the relationship between structure and function of cells, tissues and organs
  • appreciate individual physiological and anatomical differences between persons, including differences due to a person's stage in the lifespan
  • interpret and apply data that describes normal physiological functioning
  • predict the 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.

Course commencement

This course will be offered again in June 2022

This course is only available for you’ve been offered a place in the graduate-entry Master of Podiatric Practice. This compulsory four-week program focuses on providing you with essential pre-clinical podiatry skills prior to the commencement of the Master of Podiatric Practice.

Week 1-3: Introduction to Podiatry Practice (online learning activities and pre-reading
(Week 2 and 3) Pre-clinical practice training program in the Health Sciences Podiatry Clinic, Bundoora

Week 4: Assessment of pre-clinical competencies and completion of hurdle requirements

Online registration and payment is now available

If you don’t have a background in anatomy and physiology, you’ll need to complete the Physiology and Anatomy Bridging Course. You’re advised to undertake this prior to the Prosthetics and Orthotics Bridging Course.

If you don’t have a background in prosthetics and orthotics, you must complete a bridging course in fabrication skills and occupational health and safety. You’re also required to purchase a Prosthetics and Orthotics Toolkit that will be used during the Bridging Course and throughout the remainder of their course.

Course Fees

Prosthetics and Orthotics Bridging Course (A$1,500)

Additional Costs

Tool kit approx (A$700)

You’ll be advised via email if you’re required to enrol in either bridging course.

Information on purchasing the Prosthetics and Orthotics toolkit will be supplied with enrolment information.

The bridging course is designed to help you develop foundation knowledge in human bioscience (anatomy and physiology), linguistics (phonetics and grammar) and areas of practice for speech pathology (communication and swallowing sciences). You’ll also be introduced to the pedagogy of Problem Based Learning (PBL) and will participate in three PBL cases.

The content included in the bridging course will serve as a basis for your future studies in speech pathology. You may be eligible for exemptions for part of the bridging course, based on previous studies.

You’ll be involved in approximately 13 hours of direct contact (PBL, lectures and online activities and quizzes) each week for four weeks. You’re also expected to complete at least 13 hours of self-directed study across the four weeks.