The feet contain almost a quarter of all the bones in our bodies - it’s essential to take care of them. Our Bachelor of Podiatry will enable you to exert a positive, healing effect on people with conditions of the foot and lower leg including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, paediatrics and primary care.
In our state-of-the-art facilities at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus, you will gather the expertise to offer sound diagnosis and treatment.
You'll also benefit from professional placements enabling you to work with children, adults, athletes and the elderly, examining issues around sporting injuries, gait, biomechanics and acute conditions.
Graduates can pursue a career with a high degree of autonomy, working in hospital settings or in group or individual practice.
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 simulation, 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 will complete between 1,000 and 1,100 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 and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council. 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.
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4 years full-time
|Location||Session||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Gold Coast||1||$27,600 ($3,450 per unit)||085519K|
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, students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:
- all core units (372) credit points); and
- 1 elective unit (12 credit points) from University-wide offerings.
Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising any 16 core units.
Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 8 units (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.
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
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 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|
|Note 2:||Can be completed in Year 3, Session 2|
|Note 3:||Can be completed in Year 3, Session 1|