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Prosthetics and Orthotics


Extended major

Available in the Bachelor of Health Science

If you are creatively or technically-minded and enjoy working with people, consider a career in prosthetics and orthotics. Prosthetists or orthotists work through the whole diverse process in their jobs, from client assessment and care to the design of devices, and to their manufacturing.

Your studies will equip you to assess clients, provide treatment plans and manufacture devices to help address the functional limitations of people resulting from illness, disease or disability.

This extended major will provide you with specialist training in an increasingly high-tech area of health. Take advantage of USC’s expertise in biomechanics, robotics and 3D printing technology, which are becoming increasingly relevant in prosthetics and orthotics.

This is the first and only program in Queensland that allows you to specialise in prosthetics and orthotics.

Career opportunities

Clinical Prosthetist and/or Orthotist. The profession is prominent within public and private hospital settings, community based organisations, aged care facilities, the private health sector and academic arena. Services that may include allied health, rehabilitation and assistive technology services, are delivered across the entire age spectrum; resulting in services within the primary, secondary and tertiary care sectors.


Accreditation is being sought from the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) Inc.

Extended major lead

Ben Lucas

Extended Major (10)

Only students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science are eligible to undertake the Prosthetics and Orthotics Extended Major.

For a extended major in Prosthetics and Orthotics, students must successfully complete the following 10 courses:

Required courses (10)

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
HLT204 Clinical Foundations in Orthotics
  • Semester 1
Pre: HLT102 and LFS122 and enrolled in Program SC367 with a Prostehetics and Orthotics Extended Major
HLT320 Clinical Foundations in Prosthetics
  • Semester 2
Pre: HLT204 and enrolled in SC367 with a Prosthetics & Orthotics Extended Major.
HLT321 Developing Professional Practice in Prosthetics & Orthotics
  • Session 1
Pre: OCC232 and HLT320 and enrolled in Program SC367 and a Prosthetics & Orthotics Extended Major
HLT322 Clinical Reasoning in Prosthetics & Orthotics
  • Session 2
Pre: HLT321 and enrolled in Program SC367 with a Prosthetics & Orthotics Extended Major
HLT323 Advanced Concepts in Prosthetics & Orthotics
  • Session 3
Pre: HLT320 and enrolled in Program SC367 with a Prosthetics & Orthotics Extended Major
HLT302 Prosthetics and Orthotics Practicum
  • Semester 2
Pre: Enrolled in SC367 (Prosthetics and Orthotics Extended Major) and completed HLT322
OCC202 Therapeutic Skills
  • Semester 1
Pre: (LFS122 and (OCC102 or HLT102 and enrolled in Program (SC367 and Prosthetics & Orthotics major), SC372, SC440, AB101, UU301, UU302 or XU301
OCC232 Foundations of Practice 1: Exploring Core Concepts of Professional Practice
  • Semester 2
Pre: OCC202 and enrolled in Program SC372, SC440, UU301, UU302 or XU301 or (SC367 with a Prosthetics & Orthotics Extended Major)
SPX202 Biomechanics I
  • Semester 2
Pre: LFS122
SPX322 Biomechanics II
  • Semester 1
Pre: SPX202

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