La Trobe University is one of only a very few universities in the world offering a qualification in Prosthetics and Orthotics – the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics. Prosthetics and orthotics are clinical disciplines that deal with artificial limbs (prostheses) for people with amputations and supportive devices (orthoses) for people with musculoskeletal weakness or neurological disorders. 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 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 musculoskeletal weakness. This course offers practical experience and is the only course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.
Students study anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, prosthetic and orthotic prescription, and design and fabrication. They also develop strong practical skills in research methodology, clinical assessment, and the application of prosthetic and orthotic techniques.