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.
Take a tour of our Prosthetics and Orthotics lab
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.
The Prosthetics and Orthotics Extended Major is fully accredited by the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) Inc.
Extended major lead
For more information about studying Prosthetics and Orthotics at USC, please contact:
Senior Lecturer, Prosthetics and Orthotics
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)
|Course||Semester of offer||Units||Requisites|
|HLT204 Clinical Foundations in Orthotics||12||Pre: HLT102 and LFS122 and enrolled in Program SC367 with a Prostehetics and Orthotics Extended Major|
|OCC202 Therapeutic Skills||12||Pre: (LFS122 and (OCC102 or HLT102) and enrolled in Program (SC367 and Prosthetics & Orthotics major) or SC440|
|OCC232 Foundational Placement Competencies in Allied Health||12||Pre: (OCC202 and enrolled in Program SC440) or (SC367 with a Prosthetics & Orthotics Extended Major)|
|SPX202 Biomechanics I||12||Pre: LFS122|
|HLT320 Clinical Foundations in Prosthetics||12||Pre: HLT204 and enrolled in SC367 with a Prosthetics & Orthotics Extended Major.|
|HLT321 Developing Professional Practice in Prosthetics & Orthotics||12||Pre: OCC232 and HLT320 and enrolled in Program SC367 and a Prosthetics & Orthotics Extended Major|
|HLT322 Clinical Reasoning in Prosthetics & Orthotics||12||Pre: HLT321 and enrolled in Program SC367 with a Prosthetics & Orthotics Extended Major|
|HLT323 Advanced Concepts in Prosthetics & Orthotics||12||Pre: HLT320 and enrolled in Program SC367 with a Prosthetics & Orthotics Extended Major|
|HLT302 Prosthetics and Orthotics Practicum||36||Pre: HLT322 and enrolled in Program SC367 with a Prosthetics and Orthotics Extended Major|
|SPX322 Biomechanics II||12||Pre: SPX202|