This double degree equips students with the skills to become both a podiatrist and a pedorthist, extending their possibilities in the design and manufacture of footwear and orthotics to treat foot and lower limb conditions.
Students complete subjects from both disciplines that will encourage the development of a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge. These include extensive studies in anatomy with a focus on lower limbs and feet, psychology, orthoses, biomechanics, pharmacology, risk, clinical accountability and clinical reasoning.
High-tech laboratories and manufacturing facilities on campus provide contemporary learning environments, complemented by significant blocks of workplace experience.
Completion in four years requires study in all three sessions.
The Bachelor of Podiatry enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical components of podiatry, with a focus on both general and specialist knowledge and skills. This includes broad subject areas including anatomy, patho-physiology, pharmacology, psychology and communication. As students move through the course, they study more specialised content including biomechanics, rehabilitation, dermatology, rheumatology and paediatrics.
In the Bachelor of Pedorthics, 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.
Clinical skills are gained through a gradual process of preclinical stimulation, internal University clinics and external clinical practice placements.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Apply critical analysis, prudent judgement and the use of research/evidence to inform clinical/professional practice.
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.
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.
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.
Demonstrate cultural safety in clinical/professional practice and leadership.
Demonstrate an understanding of health inequalities and indigenous health (worldwide).
Students complete approximately 2,000 hours of professional placement in various settings during the course.
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.
The Bachelor of Podiatry is accredited with the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council. Graduates can seek national registration as podiatry practitioners with the Podiatry Board of Australia.
5 years full-time; 10 years part-time
5 years full-time
|Location||Teaching period||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Gold Coast||Session 1||335162||055661|
|Location||Teaching period||Annual Fees||CRICOS|
|Gold Coast||Session 1||$26,400 ($3,300 per unit)||097466G|
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Podiatry, Bachelor of Pedorthics, students must complete 480 credit points, comprising:
- all core units; and
- one elective unit from University wide offerings.
Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing 192 credit points, comprising any 16 core units.
Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing 96 credit points, comprising any 8 core units.
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.
Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of any two (2) units with professional experience learning.
Students 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 the above, students 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 apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.
Schedule of units
Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment
Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search
Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors
|Title||Level of learning||Note|
|Year 1, Session 2|
|CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples||Intermediate|
|BIO71002 - Human Physiology I||Introductory|
|Year 1, Session 3|
|BIO71003 - Human Physiology II||Introductory|
|Year 2, Session 1|
|BIO01302 - Human Anatomy||Introductory|
|PDT10001 - Introduction to Podiatry and Pedorthics||Introductory|
|BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences||Introductory|
|Year 2, Session 2|
|CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System||Introductory|
|BIO10001 - Functional Anatomy of the Lower Limbs and Foot and Ankle||Intermediate|
|MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners||Introductory|
|From Year 3, follow the Session 1 Commencement from Year 2|
|Note 1:||Double-weighted unit|