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.

Health information management for graduate-entry Master’s students

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.

The Department of Health Information Management also provides a bridging course in introductory Health Classification and Clinical Coding [DOC 200KB] for all incoming Master of Health Information Management students.

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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.

The Department of Health Information Management also provides a bridging course in introductory Health Classification and Clinical Coding [DOC 200KB] for all incoming Master of Health Information Management students.

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Occupational therapy practice for graduate-entry Master’s students

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. This course is an intensive two-week program that runs from mid-January.

Course Fees: Physiology and Anatomy bridging course ($A440)

Orthoptics for graduate-entry Master’s students

If you’re offered a place in the Master of Orthoptics, you may be required to complete the bridging course in physiology and anatomy and/or orthoptics, depending on your previous studies.

If you’re a successful applicant without an appropriate level of study in anatomy and physiology, you must successfully complete a La Trobe University-approved Physiology and Anatomy bridging course. You’re advised to undertake this prior to the Orthoptics Bridging Course.

If you’ don’t have a background in vision science (or you’re a vision science graduates who hasn’t completed the relevant subjects), you’ll need to complete the Orthoptics Bridging Course. This program includes both online learning and face-to-face classes. Access to the online program is available in mid-January and face-to-face classes commence four weeks prior to Semester 1. Face-to-face classes include two three-hour sessions per week. You must be available to attend the face-to-face classes scheduled as part of the program. A timetable for the program will be supplied to you at enrolment.

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

Course Fees:

  • Orthoptics Bridging Course (A$650)
  • Physiology and Anatomy Bridging Course ($A440)

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Physiology and Anatomy

This online course gives 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.

Podiatry for graduate-entry Master’s students

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

Bridging Program for the Master of Podiatric Practice: 4 February 2019 to 1 March 2019.

Course Fees: Podiatric Bridging Course (A$1,500)

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Prosthetics and Orthotics for graduate-entry Master’s students

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:

  • Physiology and Anatomy Bridging Course (A$440)
  • 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.

Speech Pathology for graduate-entry Master’s students

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.

This four-week intensive course commences on 28 January 2019. 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.

Course Fees:
Speech Pathology Bridging Course (A$400)

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Further information is available via the Master of Speech Pathology Bridging Course FAQ.