Bridging courses

We offer a number of bridging courses.

Health Information Management for Graduate Entry Masters student

All successful applicants for the Graduate-entry Master of Health Information Management who have not 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) should undertake the bridging course in Physiology & Anatomy.

The Department of Health Information Management also provides a bridging course in introductory Health Classification & Clinical Coding [PDF 635KB] for all incoming Master of Health Information Management students.

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Occupational Therapy Practice for Graduate Entry Masters students

Students offered a place in the Master of Occupational Therapy Practice program without a background in anatomy and physiology must successfully complete the Physiology and Anatomy Bridging Course. This course is an intensive 2 week program from mid-January.

Course Fees:
Physiology and Anatomy Bridging Course ($A440)

Orthoptics for Graduate Entry Masters student

Students offered a place in the Master of Orthoptics program may be required to complete the bridging course in physiology and anatomy and/or orthoptics, dependent on their previous studies.

Successful applicants without prior study in anatomy and physiology at an appropriate level must successfully complete a La Trobe University-approved Physiology and Anatomy bridging course. Students are advised to undertake this prior to the Orthoptics Bridging Course.

Students without a background in vision science (or vision science graduates who have not completed relevant subjects) will 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 4 weeks prior to the Semester 1. Face to face classes include two 3 hour sessions per week. Students must be available to attend the face to face classes scheduled as part of this program. A timetable for this program will be supplied to students at enrolment.

Students who are required to undertake either bridging course will be advised of this condition via email and asked to enrol in the bridging program/s.

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

Online registration and payment is now available.

Physiology and Anatomy

This online course gives you the foundation for further studies in nursing and health science. Study and understand the function and structure of the human body.

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Learn independently about information and concepts (ideas) 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 Masters student

This course is only available for students who have been offered a place in the Graduate Entry Master of Podiatric Practice. This compulsory 4 week program will focus on providing you with essential pre-clinical podiatry skills prior to the commencement of the Master of Podiatric Practice program.

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 Masters student

Students without a background in anatomy and physiology will need to complete the Physiology and Anatomy Bridging Course. Students are advised to undertake this prior to the Prosthetics and Orthotics Bridging Course.

Students who do not have a background in prosthetics and orthotics, must complete a bridging course in fabrication skills and occupational health and safety and are required to purchase a Prosthetics and Orthotics Toolkit which will be used during the Bridging Course. The toolkit will also be used 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)

The Prosthetics and Orthotics Bridging Course costs $1,500.

Students who are required to undertake either bridging course will be advised of this condition via email and asked to enrol in the bridging program/s. Information on purchasing the Prosthetics and Orthotics toolkit will also be supplied with enrolment information.

Speech Pathology for Graduate Entry Masters student

The bridging course is designed to enable students to develop foundation knowledge in human bioscience (Anatomy and Physiology), linguistics (phonetics and grammar) and areas of practice for speech pathology (communication and swallowing sciences). Students will 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 their future studies in speech pathology. Some students may be eligible for exemptions from part of the bridging course based on previous studies.

This four week intensive course commences on 28 January 2019. Students will be involved in approximately 13 hours of direct contact (PBL, lectures and on line activities, quizzes) each week for four weeks. Students are 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.