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Start date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBOP

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Biology
SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
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Fees
2018: AUD$ 34,200 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
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CRICOS Code
008312G

Key features

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.
  • Learn from registered podiatrists in the Podiatry Clinic located on-campus.
  • Gain real-world experience when you complete 1,000 hours of clinical placements.
  • Benefit from our on-campus facilities, including a fully-functioning Podiatry Clinic and manufacturing laboratory.
  • Benefit from our strong industry links and long-standing history in podiatry education.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator

Snapshot

Snapshot

Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.

You will train as a podiatrist to diagnose and treat disorders of the foot and lower limb. You will gain an advanced understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of podiatry, as well as the physical, chemical and social sciences relevant to working in healthcare.

There is a major focus on practical skills, and you will get the opportunity to practice these skills in our contemporary on-campus Podiatry Clinic, where you will work under the supervision and guidance of registered practicing podiatrists.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator

What you'll need

All students in the Division of Health Sciences who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the degree.

Why Bachelor of Podiatry

Why this Degree

We offer world-class learning facilities, including a contemporary on-campus Podiatry Clinic where you can practice your skills under the guidance and supervision of registered practicing podiatrists. You will carry out podiatric assessment and treatment on members of the public, with the complexity of management increasing with each year of your study.

Plus, you will gain further practical experience when you complete 1,000 hours of professional experience during which you will be required to complete a range of clinical activities involving the provision of screening, education and treatment services in rural areas.

Real-world connections

You will be taught by registered practicing podiatrists and award-winning academics, ensuring you graduate career-ready. You will also build important industry connections when you complete a substantial industry placement as part of your studies.

We host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

As the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1, you will be well placed to pursue a career in this field.

Successful podiatrists not only possess excellent motor skills, but also outstanding communication skills. If you are interested in working with people and promoting wellbeing, this may be the degree for you.

Podiatrists are employed in a range of settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • community health centres
  • private practice
  • aged care
  • sports injury management
  • children’s health
  • occupational health

If this sounds like you, job prospects nationally are promising with expected growth in Australia of 16 per cent up until November 20202.

QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator
2 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

The program is recognised for registration as a Podiatrist by the Podiatry Board of Australia.

Industry facts

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Employment for physiotherapists in Australia is projected to increase by 16.7 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What others are saying

I was interested in the sports and anatomy areas of health, but also skins and diseases. I have done placements in Broken Hill, and Whyalla, the rural placements were really enjoyable as they allowed me to see a different range of clinical cases that I may not get to see in metropolitan areas.

Jane Bowden

Bachelor of Podiatry

Jane Bowden

Jane Bowden

Bachelor of Podiatry

I did placements in the University of South Australia Podiatry Clinic and in external organisations in both metropolitan and rural settings. These placements, along with the weekly clinic sessions, equipped me with the confidence and experience needed when entering the workforce.

Arnold Hu

Bachelor of Podiatry

Arnold Hu

Arnold Hu

Bachelor of Podiatry

What you'll learn

What you Learn

As a podiatry student you will gain an advanced understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of podiatry, as well as the physical, chemical and social sciences relevant to working in healthcare. You will also learn the aspects of medicine and surgery relevant to diagnosing and treating foot abnormalities.

During the first year, you will cover topics to give you an introduction to health sciences including:

  • human anatomy
  • human physiology
  • assessment protocols and treatment procedures

The second year aims to expand your knowledge on clinical sciences.

During your third and fourth years you will expand your clinical practice and clinical skills.

You will also develop advanced communication skills and explore the assessment and treatment of less common podiatry problems in a variety of settings.

Practical learning is a major focus and some of your learning will take place in our on-campus Podiatry Clinic and in other clinical settings as part of the practical component of your degree.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include: 

  • quizzes
  • continuous clinical assessments
  • clinical case studies
  • written assignments
  • assignments
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Human Physiology 100 BIOL 1049 4.5
Foundations of Health HLTH 1029 4.5
Podiatry Clinical Studies 100 REHB 1028 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Anatomy 101 (Lower Limb) HLTH 1031 4.5
Human Physiology 101 BIOL 1050 4.5
Podiatry Clinical Studies 101 REHB 1029 4.5
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Research in Health Sciences HLTH 1049 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Podiatry Clinical Studies 200 REHB 2034 4.5
Fundamentals of Pharmacology PHAR 2019 4.5
Pharmacology 2 PHAR 2020 4.5
Elective
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacology 3 PHAR 2021 4.5
Pharmacology 4 PHAR 2022 4.5
Podiatry Clinical Studies 201 REHB 2036 4.5
Podiatry Practice 201 REHB 2037 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Pain Mechanisms and Management REHB 3066 4.5
Applied Podiatry Practice 300 REHB 3057 9
Podiatry Clinical Studies 300 REHB 3046 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Communication in Podiatry 300 WELF 3019 4.5
Podiatry Clinical Studies 301 REHB 3048 4.5
Applied Podiatry Practice 301 REHB 3058 9
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Clinical Biomechanics 400 REHB 4036 4.5
Podiatry Clinical Studies 400 REHB 4037 4.5
Podiatry Practice 400 REHB 4038 9 Rule(s): 6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical Biomechanics 401 REHB 4039 4.5
Podiatry Practice 401 REHB 4040 9 Rule(s): 6
Podiatry Research Project 401 REHB 4042 4.5 Note(s): 1

Podiatry is a really important clinical profession that can make an immediate difference to people’s mobility and quality of life. Having the opportunity to teach and develop students skills, knowledge and reasoning, and to see them develop into professionals is amazing.

Dr Ryan Causby

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

As a podiatry student you will have access to:

  • fully-functioning on-campus Podiatry Clinic
  • manufacturing laboratory
  • anatomy laboratories
Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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