Prosthetics and orthotics is the clinical discipline related to the provision of prostheses (artificial limbs) to people with amputations, and orthoses (supportive devices), to people with musculoskeletal weakness or neurological disorders. You 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.
In first year, you will develop skills in foot and ankle orthotics, upper-limb orthotics, transtibial prosthetics, upperlimb prosthetics and clinically applied research. This is followed by 12 months of clinical theory and practice, with a focus on trans-femoral prosthetics and above-knee orthotics, while primarily located in a clinical environment.
Clinical practice and theory may be held outside official University semester dates.
After you graduate you will be eligible for membership to the Australian Orthotic and Prosthetic Association.
You must have a relevant Bachelors degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelors degree, completed in the past five years(or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience) with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent.
Recipient: La Trobe University
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