Start Date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

414321 (Internal)

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Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
SACE Stage 2 Biology
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Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 87.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): A,A,A
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2021 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 80.45
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Degree overview

  • Graduate with the skills to diagnose and treat disorders of the foot and lower limb.
  • Study the only podiatry degree in South Australia, and one of the leading programs in the country.
  • Join South Australia’s No.1 university for student satisfaction and graduate careers in health.1
  • Learn from registered practising Podiatrists at a university with above world-class research in podiatry.2
  • Gain real-world experience when you complete clinical placements across a broad range of areas.
  • Study at a university with 50 years’ experience in health education and research.
  • Benefit from UniSA’s rich history of strong links to the podiatry and broader allied health industries in South Australia.

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). 


Podiatry.jpg Offering the only degree of its kind in South Australia, you’ll learn to diagnose and treat disorders of the foot and lower limb. If you’re interested in working with people and promoting wellbeing, this is the degree for you.

Healthy feet are an important part of the body’s holistic health, and many of us at some point in our lives will experience foot problems. In the Bachelor of Podiatry, there’s a major focus on practical skills for keeping feet healthy every day, as well the ability to diagnose and manage illness and disability.  You’ll get the opportunity to practice these skills within a vast range of industry organisations.

High achieving students may be considered for the Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) 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


You’ll 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. The curriculum covers the scope of a Podiatrist’s practice, including paediatrics, diabetes, sports injuries, musculoskeletal problems, treatment of the elderly, and general foot care.

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

  • human anatomy
  • human physiology
  • biomechanics
  • disease groups and conditions.

You’ll develop advanced communication skills and explore the assessment and treatment of common problems. The second year will 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’ll work on your clinical practice skills, including surgery (and other orthopaedic management), paediatrics, wound management, high-risk foot management, chronic pain and sporting injuries.

Practical learning is a major focus, so your training will take place in our on-campus podiatry clinics, as well as during external placements in metro and rural South Australia. You’ll also get the opportunity to fine-tune your podiatry skills with 3D printed feet, created as part of a world-first podiatry training initiative.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
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
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
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
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. 



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

podiatry 2.jpg This is your chance to become an expert in foot care, with the only podiatry degree offered in South Australia, and one of the leading programs in the country.

UniSA’s enterprising approach to teaching will prepare you with diverse and extensive experience in all areas of podiatry including surgery, sports injuries and related biomechanics, paediatrics and high-risk foot conditions. You’ll benefit from learning a curriculum informed by above world-class research in podiatry1, and graduate with eligibility to become an endorsed medication prescriber.

As Podiatrists often work within multidisciplinary healthcare teams, you’ll be exposed to research and learning opportunities in collaboration with other allied health students, including exercise physiology and physiotherapy, in our on-campus podiatry clinics.

UniSA’s podiatry students train in various facilities, including the manufacturing laboratory which has a plaster room and grinder room. This is where you’ll learn how to create orthotics, casts and insoles; and modify shoes for a variety of requirements. As well as learning traditional methods, you’ll get to use the latest technologies, like digital scanners to capture foot characteristics and prescribe 3D printed foot orthoses to manage foot problems.

You’ll graduate career ready, thanks to world-class teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and practical industry experience. You’ll complete clinical activities involving the provision of screening, education and treatment services in metro and rural areas in a multidisciplinary team with other allied health students.

1Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 

Real-world connections

You’ll be taught by registered practising Podiatrists and award-winning academics. You’ll also gain valuable real-world experience, and build important industry connections, by completing clinical hours across several industry settings. Placements may be completed at major hospitals or in private practice. 

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

Podiatry careers snapshot

Gain insight into the fulfilling career of UniSA Podiatry graduate, Ereena Torpey, who is a Senior Podiatrist at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, South Australia.

UniSA Video

Career outcomes

Your career

Did you know the word Podiatrist is composed of two ancient Greek parts: pod, meaning "foot," and iatrist, meaning "healer"? As modern-day healers of feet, successful Podiatrists possess excellent motor skills for treatment and communication skills for patient care.

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.

To practice in Australia as a Podiatrist, you must complete national registration under the Podiatry Board of Australia.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

Industry facts


Employment for Podiatrists in Australia is projected to increase by 14.1% by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


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

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • You will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Preferred Pathways

Option 1:
Direct Entry
Option 2:
Undergraduate Pathway
Apply for your preferred degree directly via SATAC
Choose one of the following degrees and complete at least 18 units of study (four courses) and then apply for your preferred degree via SATAC at the next available intake using your competitive Grade Point Average (GPA).
Bachelor of Podiatry
Bachelor of Human Movement OR
Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) OR
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Please note that all pathways are competitive and no guaranteed due to limited places. A competitive Grade Point Average (GPA) and other entry criteria (including prerequisites) apply. For more information, visit or contact our Future Student Enquiries Team at or on (08) 8302 2376.

Alternative Pathways


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


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


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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 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:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

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

You’ll have access to:

  • Fully-functioning on-campus podiatry clinics 
  • Manufacturing laboratory comprised of a plaster room and grinder room
  • Anatomy laboratories.
Your study spaces

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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Portrait image for Dr Ryan Causby

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
Senior Podiatrist, Flinders Medical Centre


Ereena Torpey

UniSA Podiatry Graduate
Senior Podiatrist, Flinders Medical Centre