Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics La Trobe University

4.5 out of 5 from 4 reviews
Bachelor Degree
Melbourne
4 Years Full-Time
(or Part-Time equivalent)
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Course Description

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.

Your 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 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 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 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.
Careers

Prosthetist-orthotists are integral members of healthcare teams. Graduates can find work in major hospitals, private prosthetic-orthotic facilities and other...

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Ratings

Average ratings for Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics La Trobe University based on 4 reviews
Rating
4.5
Job prospects
4.0
Teachers
4.25
Course work
3.75
Time worthy
3.75
Money Worthy
3.75



Student Reviews

February 2018
Year completed 2018

There are so many great things! A really nice campus plus a really great foundation year. This has been followed by great teaching facilities and lecturers who really know their stuff.
There are a few worries, one of these being I don't feel ready for placement this year. I feel like we only know the basics but haven't been...

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February 2018
Year completed 2018

Really knowledgeable lecturers and decent resources.

Unfortunately due to lack of funding we are unable to use or create many of the devices that we need. This means that we are not fully prepared for placement in fourth year.

My advice to future students is: Make sure all lectures are watched, particularly from second...

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February 2018
Year completed 2018

Great facilities and knowledgeable lecturers who don't mind helping out even when we ask a lot of questions.

Unfortunately due to lack of funding we are unable to use or create many of the devices that we need. This means that we are not fully prepared for placement in fourth year.

My advice to future students is: Read...

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February 2018
Year completed 2018

We are able to have a very hands on experience and are able to learn the basics. We are taught by lecturers who are still practicing which is unique and provides us with first hand experience.

The negative aspects include the fact that we don't learn about enough devices or get hands on experience with these devices. I fe...

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