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 Prosthetics and Orthotics
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Prosthetics and Orthotics involves the study of the theoretical, technical and clinical skills required by prosthetic and orthotic practitioners. Students will learn to assess patients in clinical settings, with amputations and motor disabilities and learn to design, fabricate, fit and care for artificial limbs (prostheses) and body braces and supports (orthoses).

The orthotist and prosthetist must understand the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the human body and the forces that are applied to joints during movements. They must develop an understanding of the properties of the materials and components from which the devices are fabricated, in order to ensure their safe and effective use in clinical practice. Prosthetists and orthotists also need the clinical skills to assess patients’ needs and design appropriate devices to meet their requirements.

Studying Prosthetics and Orthotics at UNSW

The Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics program is under review, and there will not be an intake of new students in 2005.

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