Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

This program enables students with a relevant first degree to obtain a professional qualification in prosthetics and orthotics. Prosthetist-orthotists are responsible for the provision of prostheses (artificial limbs) to people with amputations, and orthoses (supportive devices) to people with musculoskeletal disabilities. Their responsibilities include client assessment, design, fabrication, fitting and alignment of prostheses and orthoses, and monitoring and review of devices used by clients. Students will acquire theoretical knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and prosthetic and orthotic prescription, design and fabrication, enhanced by strong practical skills in research methodology, clinical assessment, and the application of prosthetic and orthotic techniques.

Structure

  • In first year students develop skills in foot and ankle orthotics, upper-limb orthotics, trans-tibial prosthetics, upper-limb prosthetics, and clinically applied research
  • followed by 12 months' clinical theory and practice, with a focus on trans-femoral prosthetics and above-knee orthotics, during which students are primarily located in a clinical environment.

Subjects

  • Prosthetics and orthotics

Standard entry requirements

Bachelor degree, normally completed within the last seven years. Highly recommended prerequisites are tertiary-level subjects in anatomy and physiology, including regional musculoskeletal anatomy. Desirable prerequisites are tertiary-level subjects in biomechanics, clinical assessment, psychology, pathology, materials technology, evidence-based practice, research methods or statistics, and human movement. Students without a background in prosthetics and orthotics fabrication skills will be required to complete the bridging course in P&O Fabrication skills and occupational health & safety. The cost for the course is $900 (2013 fee, subject to change). NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Recognition

Graduates of Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics may be eligible to apply for membership with Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association, Inc. and the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics. Professional membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne International: $80,800 No No information available

Further information

Approximate costs include: A$600 for tool kit, A$40 for uniform, A$10 for name tag, and A$200 for student notes and manuals. Students can buy books, uniforms and equipment from any supplier; these remain the students' personal property. Student notes are also available free of charge online. Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisation. National Police Check - A$15.50, immunisations - approximately A$500, Working with Children Check (no cost). Accommodation for any clinical placements may vary according to the venue and location. The bridging course, for students without a background in prosthetics and orthotics - Prosthetics and Orthotics Fabrication Skills and Occupational Health and Safety - A$900 (2013 fee, subject to change).

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