Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours)

La Trobe University

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

Few things are as rewarding as giving someone the ability to walk, stand or even pick up a cup. Studying clinical prosthetics and orthotics gives you the ability to do just that. You'll learn about artificial limbs (prostheses) for people with amputations, and supportive devices (orthoses) for people with physical disabilities or movement disorders. Over the course of the program, your experience will develop from learning foundational knowledge of how the body works and how the profession of Prosthetics and Orthotics fits in the health care system to meet people's needs. The course will challenge you to think and respond to the goals of clients and to explore the evidence for different interventions to achieve the best outcome possible for your clients. Over the course of the program you'll undertake clinical placements to gain clinical experience in providing prosthetic and orthotic treatment while working directly with clients. From semester two of third year and throughout the final year of the course you will complete a major industry honours project or, subject to meeting academic merit requirements, have an option to complete a research honours project. These projects provide an opportunity for you to develop the research and project management skills required for successful professional practice in Prosthetics and Orthotics. This clinical discipline requires students to be hands-on. Which is why we have clinical workshops allowing you to experiment with materials and equipment first hand. Our technical labs and clinical consulting rooms are of the highest standard. Study areas include clinical orthotics and prosthetics, where you learn to work with clients in a professional 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, alignment and how to evaluate the fit and function of several prosthetic and orthotic devices. The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.

Subjects

  • Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education
  • Human Biosciences A
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Human Biosciences A

Standard entry requirements

  • Essential requirements for enrolment or graduation: Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course
  • Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course
  • Prior to commencing a placement, students are required to meet all of the requirements of the degree in relation to immunisation and testing for blood-borne viruses. Students must visit a medical practitioner who will complete and sign the Immunisation and Health Record form
  • First Aid and/or CPR certification is required to meet the professional requirements of the degree. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last two years): VCE: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics. Bridging and enabling courses: Successful completion of Unilearn Biology (which must include online lab activities) with an overall grade of at least 60% satisfies the Biology prerequisite for this course. Applicants who complete this course must submit a copy of their Unilearn Statement of Achievement and transcript with their application. Personal Statement: Applicants can complete and submit a Personal Statement if they wish other information to be considered during the selection process. This may include information such as work experience or reason for applying. Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Relevant work experience of at least 3 months may be eligible for extra consideration during the selection process.

Recognition

La Trobe's Prosthetics and Orthotics courses have consistently received professional accreditation. Our new course, the Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours), is currently seeking accreditation with the Australian Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA). Graduates of the Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours) may be eligible to apply for membership with Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO). Professional membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

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