Start date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBOP

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
SACE Stage 2 Biology
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Fees
2021: AUD$ 37,800 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

Degree overview

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for student satisfaction in Health.1
  • Learn from a University that has above world-class research in Clinical Sciences.2
  • Study the only podiatry degree in South Australia.
  • Gain real-world experience when you complete clinical placements across a range of locations.
  • Learn from a university with more than 50 years’ experience in health education and research.
  • Learn from registered practicing podiatrists in the Podiatry Clinics and manufacturing laboratory located on-campus.
  • Benefit from our strong industry links and long-standing history in podiatry education.

1ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20, Health Services and Support — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
2Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 

Snapshot

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With the only degree of its kind in South Australia, you will train as a podiatrist to diagnose and treat disorders of the foot and lower limb. You will develop 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 within a vast range of industry organisations. This involves being exposed to research and learning opportunities in collaboration with other allied health students including exercise physiology and physiotherapy, in our skills in our contemporary on-campus Podiatry Clinics.

High achieving students may be considered for the Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) program in the third year of study.

What you'll need

Students 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 demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, child related employment clearance and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the program.

What you'll learn

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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
  • biomechanics
  • disease groups and conditions.

You will also develop advanced communication skills and explore the assessment and treatment of common podiatry problems.

The second year aims to expand your knowledge in clinical sciences, including skills to enable comprehensive and holistic assessment and management of patient conditions. 

During your third and fourth years you will develop advanced clinical practice skills, including surgery (and other orthopaedic management), paediatrics, chronic pain and the management of sporting injuries.

Practical learning is a major focus and some of your learning will take place in our on-campus Podiatry Clinics as well as during external placements in metropolitan and rural locations. Placements may be completed at major hospitals or in private practice. You will also get the opportunity to fine-tune your podiatry skills with 3D printed feet, created as part of a world-first podiatry training initiative. The feet are complete with calluses, corns and fake toenails, enabling you to practice techniques and skills so you feel confident before beginning clinical placements.

Degree 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
Pharmacology A PHAR 2023 9
Communication in Podiatry WELF 3019 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacology B PHAR 2021 4.5
Pharmacology C 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)
Advanced Evidence Based Practice HLTH 3057 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
Elective Note(s): 1

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, as well as to 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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Podiatry

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As a student studying the only podiatry degree offered in South Australia, you will be provided with diverse and extensive experience in all areas of podiatry including surgery, biomechanical which focuses on sports injury, paediatrics and managing high risk foot conditions.

Throughout your degree, you will enjoy learning in various facilities, including the manufacturing laboratory which is comprised of a Plaster room and Grinder room. In these facilities you will learn how to create orthotics, casts, insoles, and modify shoes to suit a variety of requirements. You will also benefit from using the latest in digital scanners to capture foot characteristics and prescribe 3D printed foot orthoses to manage foot problems, in addition to maintaining knowledge of traditional methods.

Plus, you will gain further practical experience when you complete a range of clinical activities involving the provision of screening, education and treatment services in metropolitan and rural areas. When in rural areas, you will often work in a multidisciplinary team with other allied health students. You will also study in contemporary, on campus Podiatry Clinics where you will work under the supervision and guidance of registered practicing podiatrists. Build your confidence treating patients in these clinics, with the complexity of management increasing with each year of study.

Real-world connections

You will be taught by registered practicing podiatrists and award-winning academics, ensuring you graduate career-ready. You will also gain valuable real-world experience, and build important industry connections, by completing up to 1,000 clinical hours across a number of industry settings.

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

Podiatry Careers Snapshot

Gain insight into the fulfilling career of UniSA Podiatry graduate, Ereena Torpey, who is as a Senior Podiatrist at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, South Australia. With UniSA’s strong ties to industry connections such as Flinders Medical Centre, our students graduate career-ready.

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Career outcomes

Your career

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 clinics and sporting teams
  • children’s health
  • occupational health.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

Industry facts

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Employment for podiatrists in Australia is projected to increase by 11 per cent by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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To May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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

Australian

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

International

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

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

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

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a podiatry student you will have access to:

  • Fully-functioning on-campus Podiatry Clinics 
  • Manufacturing laboratory comprised of a plaster room and grinder room
  • Anatomy laboratories.
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Your program director

I am proud to lead a degree that is successful in educating and growing students into work-ready professionals, who graduate and have instant impact in changing people's lives and improving their health and wellbeing. This is achieved through the high-quality teaching and practical aspects offered by our program, facilitated by the enthusiastic and supportive educators who are also active podiatrists themselves.

Dr Ryan Causby

Program Director

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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

During my studies, I have completed various clinical placements across different fields of podiatry. In the on-campus community clinic, I have been immersed in a hands-on environment, providing supervised care to real patients. I also enjoy using new 3D scanning technology to capture accurate models of the lower limb, which can be used to create custom orthotics and to look at the science behind human movement.

Angus Burns

Bachelor of Podiatry

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Angus Burns

Bachelor of Podiatry

The podiatry profession is very fulfilling, with varied career opportunities and no two days on the job being the same. I always wanted to work in high risk podiatry, with patients at risk of limb loss due to wounds from conditions like Diabetes or circulation issues. Together with a multidisciplinary team, I can help delay or prevent the amputation of patient’s toes or feet, resulting in an improved quality of life – which is really rewarding.

Ereena Torpey

UniSA Podiatry Graduate
Role: Senior Podiatrist, Flinders Medical Centre

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Ereena Torpey

UniSA Podiatry Graduate