Course summary

Pedorthics is about keeping people mobile and getting the best performance from their feet, footwear or orthoses. The Bachelor of Pedorthics provides the knowledge and skills required for graduates to become a professional pedorthist.

Pedorthists work in private practice or allied health practices, and may receive patient referrals from medical professionals.

Pedorthics is a growing industry and Southern Cross University is the first to offer a Bachelor qualification in this area.

The course develops comprehensive knowledge and associated skills in this new allied health profession. Students are introduced to foot care as a requirement for living independently and being mobile. Studies include learning about health problems associated with feet and footwear design and production.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Apply critical analysis, prudent judgement and the use of research/evidence to inform clinical/professional practice.

Creativity

Develop an entrepreneurial and sustainable approach to clinical/professional practice utilising appropriate leadership and management skills.

Demonstrate knowledge, skill and empathy as ethical, innovative and creative professional eligible to enter clinical/professional practice.

Ethical practice

Establish clinical/professional practice based on ethical decision-making and evidence-based practice.

Demonstrate accountability and responsibility within clinical/professional practice.

Knowledge of a discipline

Function in accordance with all relevant legislation, registration requirements, guidelines and standards affecting clinical/professional practice.

Assess, plan, provide and evaluate safe and effective clinical practice with a range of client groups across the lifespan.

Lifelong learning

Identify and reflect on the generalist and specialist skills of practice required for continuing professional development and professional practice.

Communication and social skills

Work collaboratively in a range of health care teams with an understanding of best practice and the evidence base that supports it.

Communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, families, significant others and professional colleagues in ways that are appropriate to the scholarly, professional and/or social setting.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural safety in clinical/professional practice and leadership

Demonstrate an understanding of health inequalities and indigenous health (worldwide)

During the course, students gain workplace experience to apply their skills and knowledge. They will complete approximately 1,000 hours of professional placement in various settings throughout the three years of study.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain prerequisites prior to attending placement.  Before applying for this course, please consider the important information regarding these requirements at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements.

This course has provisional accreditation with the Pedorthic Association of Australia pending completion of the first graduate cycle in 2019. Once fully accredited, the degree will enable graduates to practise as professional pedorthists, become members of the Association, and appear on the Australian Register of Pedorthists.


Course overview

Course code

3007307

Course abbreviation

BPed

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast 1 335065 055561

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast 1 $25,200 ($3,150 per unit) 086343K

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Pedorthics a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of twenty four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising all units listed in the Schedule of Units.

Exit Awards

A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Pedorthics, has successfully completed sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising any 16 units from the units listed in the Schedule attached to these Rules may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Pedorthics.

A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Pedorthics, has successfully completed eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising any 8 units from the units listed in the Schedule attached to these Rules may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Health and Human Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Pedorthics.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning.  Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement.   All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Progression

Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of any two (2) units with professional experience learning.

Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of a theory unit that relates specifically to a particular unit with professional experience learning.

Subsequent to the above, candidates who have an interrupted study sequence of more than 18 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to undertake a specified supported professional experience placement to ensure professional experience currency prior to continuation of the course.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
PDT10001 - Introduction to Podiatry and Pedorthics Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
BIO10001 - Functional Anatomy of the Lower Limbs and Foot and Ankle Intermediate
Year 3, Session 1
BIO20002 - Biomechanics of Gait Intermediate
PDT30002 - Lower Limb Medicine I Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
PDT20004 - Lower Limb Assessment Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
PDT20002 - Orthoses and Bracing Intermediate
PDT20005 - Principles and Practice of Pedorthics I Intermediate
Year 4, Session 2
PDT20006 - Principles and Practice of Pedorthics II Intermediate
PDT30003 - Lower Limb Medicine II Advanced
Year 5, Session 1
PDT73005 - Pedorthics Clinical Placement I Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Year 5, Session 2
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
PDT30001 - Management and Treatment of the High Risk Foot Intermediate
Year 6, Session 1
PDT73006 - Pedorthics Clinical Placement II Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Year 6, Session 2
PDT73007 - Pedorthics Clinical Placement III Advanced Note 1 Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Students commencing the BPed mid-year will take 3.5 years, not 3 years, full-time study to complete the course.
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Year 1, Session 3
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
From Year 2, following the Session 1 Admission structure (excluding the above two units)

Title Level of learning Note
Complete one or both of the units under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement excluding the completed unit/s.
Session 3
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: 2018 is the last time this unit will be offered. See information on the School of Health and Human Science website (https://www.scu.edu.au/school-of-health-and-human-sciences/pages/human-physiology-2019/#d.en.205492) for more information regarding changes from 2019