Course summary

The Bachelor of Podiatry prepares students for entry into professional podiatry practice. Podiatry is a branch of health care devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg. Within the field of podiatry, practitioners can focus on many different specialty areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, paediatrics and primary care.

The degree aims to educate students to become knowledgeable, skilled, empathetic, ethical and innovative professionals who are able to provide effective assessment and intervention for people of different ages, who exhibit health disorders.

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.

Clinical skills are gained through a gradual process of preclinical stimulation, internal University clinics and external clinical practice placements.

Honours: The course includes an embedded allied health Honours program for eligible students, which can be studied concurrently during the Bachelor degree course.

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 will complete approximately 1,000 hours of professional placement in various settings throughout the four years of study. These settings include but are not limited to public hospital rotations (high risk foot clinics), private practice placements (general, sports and surgical) and rural health locations.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Before applying for this course, it is important that you understand what these requirements are.

The Bachelor of Podiatry is accredited with the Australian New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC). Graduates can seek national registration as podiatry practitioners with the Podiatry Board of Australia.

In order to register to practice, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [AHPRA]; standards for English language must be met. See the AHPRA website for further information.


Course overview

Course code

3007308

Course abbreviation

BPod

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Domestic duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

International duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast 1 330169 059961

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast 1 $25,200 ($3,150 per unit) 085519K

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 Podiatry a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of thirty two (32) units (384 credit points) comprising:

i. all units listed in Part A; and
ii. one (1) elective unit from Part B University wide offerings.

Honours

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Podiatry with Honours a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of thirty two (32) units (384 credit points) comprising all units listed in Part C.

Candidates in Honours must successfully complete all units in years 3 and 4 on their first attempt and maintain a Credit grade average (GPA) of at least 5.0 for years 3 and 4.

Exit Awards

A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry, 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 Podiatry.

A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry, 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 Podiatry.

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 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.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
PDT10001 - Introduction to Podiatry and Pedorthics Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
BIO10001 - Functional Anatomy of the Lower Limbs and Foot and Ankle Intermediate
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
PDT20004 - Lower Limb Assessment Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
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

Part B

One elective unit from the University wide offerings

Part C

Title Level of learning Note
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
BIO10001 - Functional Anatomy of the Lower Limbs and Foot and Ankle Intermediate
BIO20002 - Biomechanics of Gait Intermediate
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
PDT10001 - Introduction to Podiatry and Pedorthics Introductory
PDT20001 - Internal Clinical Placement Intermediate
PDT20002 - Orthoses and Bracing Intermediate
PDT20004 - Lower Limb Assessment Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
PDT30001 - Management and Treatment of the High Risk Foot Intermediate
PDT30002 - Lower Limb Medicine I Advanced
PDT30003 - Lower Limb Medicine II Advanced
PDT30004 - Foot and Ankle Surgery Advanced
PDT40001 - Advanced Fieldwork (Podiatry) Advanced Note 1 Note 1
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
PHA30001 - Advanced Pharmacology for Podiatrists Advanced
SCI20001 - Physical Sciences in Health Introductory
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
HLT83001 - Allied Health Honours Seminar I Advanced
HLT83002 - Allied Health Honours Seminar II Advanced
HLT83003 - Allied Health Honours Thesis I Advanced Note 1 Note 1
HLT83004 - Allied Health Honours Thesis II Advanced

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
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 1, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 2
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
PDT10001 - Introduction to Podiatry and Pedorthics Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 1, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
BIO10001 - Functional Anatomy of the Lower Limbs and Foot and Ankle Intermediate
Year 2, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 3, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 4
PDT30002 - Lower Limb Medicine I Advanced
SCI20001 - Physical Sciences in Health Introductory
PDT20001 - Internal Clinical Placement Intermediate
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 3, and the remaining unit in Session 2, Year 4
PDT30003 - Lower Limb Medicine II Advanced
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
PDT20004 - Lower Limb Assessment Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 5, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 6
PDT20002 - Orthoses and Bracing Intermediate
BIO20002 - Biomechanics of Gait Intermediate
HLT30001 - Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload Advanced
PHA30001 - Advanced Pharmacology for Podiatrists Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 5, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 6
PDT30001 - Management and Treatment of the High Risk Foot Intermediate
PDT30004 - Foot and Ankle Surgery Advanced
Elective unit
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Session 1, Year 7, and the remaining unit in Session 1, Year 8
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first unit in Session 2, Year 7 and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 8
PDT40001 - Advanced Fieldwork (Podiatry) Advanced Note 1 Note 1
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2 and Human Physiology in Session 3
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Year 2, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Year 2 Session 1 and the remaining 2 units in Year 3 Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
PDT10001 - Introduction to Podiatry and Pedorthics Introductory
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
PDT20001 - Internal Clinical Placement Intermediate
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
SCI20001 - Physical Sciences in Health Introductory
PDT30002 - Lower Limb Medicine I Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
PDT30003 - Lower Limb Medicine II Advanced
PDT20004 - Lower Limb Assessment Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
PDT20002 - Orthoses and Bracing Intermediate
BIO20002 - Biomechanics of Gait Intermediate
PHA30001 - Advanced Pharmacology for Podiatrists Advanced
HLT30001 - Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload Advanced
Year 4, Session 2
PDT30004 - Foot and Ankle Surgery Advanced
PDT30001 - Management and Treatment of the High Risk Foot Intermediate
Elective Unit
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
Year 5, Session 1
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Year 5, Session 2
PDT40001 - Advanced Fieldwork (Podiatry) Advanced Note 1 Note 1
HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice Advanced
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory

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

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
PDT10001 - Introduction to Podiatry and Pedorthics Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
BIO10001 - Functional Anatomy of the Lower Limbs and Foot and Ankle Intermediate
Year 2, Session 1
PDT30002 - Lower Limb Medicine I Advanced
SCI20001 - Physical Sciences in Health Introductory
PDT20001 - Internal Clinical Placement Intermediate
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
PDT30003 - Lower Limb Medicine II Advanced
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
PDT20004 - Lower Limb Assessment Intermediate
Year 3, Session 1
BIO20002 - Biomechanics of Gait Intermediate
PDT20002 - Orthoses and Bracing Intermediate
PHA30001 - Advanced Pharmacology for Podiatrists Advanced
HLT83001 - Allied Health Honours Seminar I Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
PDT30001 - Management and Treatment of the High Risk Foot Intermediate
PDT30004 - Foot and Ankle Surgery Advanced
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
HLT83002 - Allied Health Honours Seminar II Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
HLT83003 - Allied Health Honours Thesis I Advanced Note 1 Note 1
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced
Year 4, Session 2
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
PDT40001 - Advanced Fieldwork (Podiatry) Advanced Note 1 Note 1
HLT83004 - Allied Health Honours Thesis II Advanced

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