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Bachelor of Podiatry

2015 | 2016 | 2017

About this course

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. 

Career opportunities

This degree prepares graduates for entry into professional podiatry practice. Podiatrists can work individually or as part of a team, in varied settings and with clients of all ages. The majority of podiatry employment is in private practice, but podiatrists also have the opportunity to work in community health settings, hospitals and with specialised health teams such as in diabetic care, to provide health promotion and education, to undertake research, and work with children, athletes and older people.

Professional recognition

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

Professional placement

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. For more information please visit scu.edu.au/healthplacements

Major areas of study

The Bachelor of Podiatry enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical components of podiatry, with a focus on both general or specialist knowledge and skills. The course shares components with existing SCU degrees such as the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy; Bachelor of Clinical Sciences; Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

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

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary for each unit and may include multiple choice and essay style examinations, scenario-based case studies, tutorial workshop presentations, written assignments and practical skills testing.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, simulations, clinical practice, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit. Students will be expected to undertake clinical placements external to the University campuses.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, teaching areas and teaching and learning resources including simulation equipment, clinical learning spaces within on-campus clinics, anatomy and physiology laboratories and biomechanics laboratories.

Visit scu.edu.au/healthlabs

Course structure

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

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Admission requirements

  1. Applicants who do not meet Rule 2 Section 1 - English Language Proficiency subsection must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 in each subtest or equivalent as required by the Podiatry Board of Australia.
  2. An applicant who has completed a Certificate III qualification will not be admitted solely on the basis of this qualification.

Course requirements

  1. 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:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. one (1) elective unit from Part B university elective units
  2. 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:
    1. all units listed in Part C
    Students who enter the Honours stream will be required to:
    1. Successfully complete all units in years 3 and 4 of the Honours stream on their first attempt;
    2. Maintain a Credit grade average (GPA of at least 5.0) for years 3 and 4.
    Students must pass all units of study on their first attempt to continue with the Hons program, maintain a GPA of at least 5.0 (Credit grade average) and comply with these requirements.

Progression in clinic-based units

  1. Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of any two (2) clinic units.
  2. 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 clinic unit.
  3. Subsequent to Progression in clinic-based units requirements (a) and (b) 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 clinic currency prior to continuation of the course.

Advanced standing

  1. Candidates who have completed a Certificate III will not be granted any advanced standing solely on the basis of this qualification.
  2. Candidates who have completed the Bachelor of Pedorthics may be granted advanced standing for up to sixteen (16) units towards the Bachelor of Podiatry.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

Applications for this course in session 2 and session 3, 2016 are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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