Course summary

Enhance your career opportunities considerably with this accelerated double degree.

The Bachelor of Podiatry, Bachelor of Pedorthics equips you with the skills to become both a podiatrist and a pedorthist, extending your possibilities in the design and manufacture of footwear and orthotics to treat foot and lower limb conditions.

You will 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.

Graduates have an array of career opportunities in both fields and in careers that combine both disciplines. 

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 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).

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 Pedorthics is accredited by the Pedorthic Association of Australia. Suitably qualified members of the Association are registered with the Australian Pedorthists Registration Board and appear on the Board's website.

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.


Course overview

Course code

3207309

Course abbreviation

BPod,BPed

Credit points

480

Equivalent units

40

Domestic duration

5 years full-time; 10 years part-time

International duration

5 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast 1 $27,600 ($3,450 per unit) 097466G

Course requirements

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.

Exit Awards

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.

Progression

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

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

Title Level of learning Note
Core Units
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO71002 - Human Physiology I Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
PDT10001 - Introduction to Podiatry and Pedorthics Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
BIO71003 - Human Physiology II Introductory
BIO10001 - Functional Anatomy of the Lower Limbs and Foot and Ankle Intermediate
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
PDT20001 - Internal Clinical Placement Intermediate
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
SCI20001 - Physical Sciences in Health Introductory
PDT30002 - Lower Limb Medicine I Advanced
PDT30003 - Lower Limb Medicine II Advanced
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
PDT72001 - Lower Limb Assessment I Intermediate
PDT72002 - Lower Limb Assessment II Intermediate
BIO20002 - Biomechanics of Gait Intermediate
PDT20002 - Orthoses and Bracing Intermediate
PHA30001 - Advanced Pharmacology for Podiatrists Advanced
HLT30001 - Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload Advanced
PDT30001 - Management and Treatment of the High Risk Foot Intermediate
PDT30004 - Foot and Ankle Surgery Advanced
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
PDT40001 - Advanced Fieldwork (Podiatry) Advanced Note 1 Note 1
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1 Note 1
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice Advanced
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
PDT20005 - Principles and Practice of Pedorthics I Intermediate
PDT20006 - Principles and Practice of Pedorthics II Intermediate
PDT73005 - Pedorthics Clinical Placement I Advanced Note 1 Note 1
PDT73006 - Pedorthics Clinical Placement II Advanced Note 1 Note 1
PDT73007 - Pedorthics Clinical Placement III Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Elective
One elective unit from the University wide offerings

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
Completion of this course in four years requires study in all 3 sessions from Year 2
Year 1, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO71002 - Human Physiology I Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
PDT10001 - Introduction to Podiatry and Pedorthics Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
BIO71003 - Human Physiology II Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BIO10001 - Functional Anatomy of the Lower Limbs and Foot and Ankle Intermediate
Year 2, Session 1
PDT72001 - Lower Limb Assessment I Intermediate
SCI20001 - Physical Sciences in Health Introductory
BIO20002 - Biomechanics of Gait Intermediate
PDT30002 - Lower Limb Medicine I Advanced
Year 2, Session 2
PDT72002 - Lower Limb Assessment II Intermediate
PDT20002 - Orthoses and Bracing Intermediate
PDT20001 - Internal Clinical Placement Intermediate
PDT30003 - Lower Limb Medicine II Advanced
Year 2, Session 3
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
Elective
Year 3, Session 1
HLT30001 - Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload Advanced
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
PDT20005 - Principles and Practice of Pedorthics I Intermediate
PHA30001 - Advanced Pharmacology for Podiatrists Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
PDT30001 - Management and Treatment of the High Risk Foot Intermediate
PDT20006 - Principles and Practice of Pedorthics II Intermediate
PDT30004 - Foot and Ankle Surgery Advanced
Year 3, Session 3
PDT73005 - Pedorthics Clinical Placement I Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice Advanced
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
PDT40001 - Advanced Fieldwork (Podiatry) Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 3
PDT73006 - Pedorthics Clinical Placement II Advanced Note 1 Note 1
PDT73007 - Pedorthics Clinical Placement III Advanced Note 1 Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Complete one or both of the below in Session 3 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