Bachelor of Applied Science / Master of Clinical Prosthetics / Orthotics

La Trobe University

Few things are as rewarding as giving someone the ability to walk, stand or even just pick up a cup. Studying clinical prosthetics and orthotics you students the ability to do just that. You'll learn about artificial limbs (prostheses) for people with amputations, and supportive devices (orthoses) for people with musculoskeletal weakness. This course offers practical experience, and is the only course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. Clinical experience starts in first year with a half-day observational placement. In second and third years you'll work with volunteer clients. In fourth year students you'll do two clinical placements (12 or 16 weeks) at a leading Australian or international hospital or private practice. During this time you'll gain experience with tasks including assisting in providing prosthetic and orthotic treatment while working directly with clients. This clinical discipline requires students to be hands-on. That's why La Trobe has clinical workshops allowing students to experiment with materials and equipment first hand. La Trobe's technical labs and clinical consulting rooms are of the highest standard. You'll study clinical orthotics and prosthetics, where you'll learn to work with clients in a respectful manner. You'll work one-on-one with a diverse range of clients and learn how to assess, prescribe and plan treatment. You'll also learn about casting, cast modification, fabrication, fitting and alignment. The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: University
Level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location: Melbourne
Institution CRICOS: 00115M; 00070G (Language Centre)

Subjects

  • Prosthetics, Orthotics, Anatomy, Physiology, Materials, Biomechanics.

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In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50, making us one of the world’s best young universities. Now in our 50th year, the QS World Working University Rankings has placed La Trobe in the top two per cent of universities worldwide.

At La Trobe, we balance research excellence with real-world experience. Our Professors of Practice are industry-experienced teaching professionals who bring industry into the classroom, and across all our schools we offer Work Integrated Learning opportunities where you can apply your learning in a real workplace. You can then record and build on your experiences through our Career Ready Advantage program, developed with industry and structured to help you actively prepare for your life beyond university.

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La Trobe is currently ranked among the top 400 universities in the world, according to the three most prestigious international rankings: the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016, Times Higher Education 2016-2017 and QS World University Rankings 2016-2017.

82 per cent of our research areas were rated at ‘world standard or above’ in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia Report.

Our Career Ready Advantage program was developed in consultation with industry and is designed to help you actively prepare for life after university.

We’ve invested more than AU$500 million into world-class centres for learning and research, including the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS), the Centre for AgriBioscience (AgriBio), a world-class sports park currently in development, and our Wildlife Sanctuary, which has numerous indigenous plants and animals, from kangaroos to emus.

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La Trobe offers more than 200 courses, including 125 undergraduate degrees and over 120 postgraduate courses, across a wide range of a study areas, including:

arts and communications

  • arts and communications
  • business and commerce
  • engineering
  • health sciences
  • information technology
  • law
  • teaching and education
  • sciences.

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We have wide variety of service options to help you get the most out of your time in Australia. ASK La Trobe is your 24/7 student help service where you will find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about study and student life.

You will also be supported by International Student Services who are dedicated to assisting you from the time you arrive through to graduation.

Our student services include:

  • support for pre-departure and orientation
  • academic and personal one-one-one support
  • community engagement programs
  • volunteering and student hosting.

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