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What will I learn?

With the only degree of its kind in South Australia, you will train as a podiatrist to diagnose and treat disorders of the foot and lower limb. You will develop an advanced understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of podiatry, as well as the physical, chemical and social sciences relevant to working in healthcare.

There is a major focus on practical skills, and you will get the opportunity to practice these skills within a vast range of industry organisations. This involves being exposed to research and learning opportunities in collaboration with other allied health students including exercise physiology and physiotherapy, in our skills in our contemporary on-campus Podiatry Clinics.

High achieving students may be considered for the Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) program in the third year of study.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, child related employment clearance and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the program.

What you'll learn

As a podiatry student you will gain an advanced understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of podiatry, as well as the physical, chemical and social sciences relevant to working in healthcare. You will also learn the aspects of medicine and surgery relevant to diagnosing and treating foot abnormalities.

During the first year, you will cover topics to give you an introduction to health sciences including:

human anatomy
human physiology
disease groups and conditions.

You will also develop advanced communication skills and explore the assessment and treatment of common podiatry problems.

The second year aims to expand your knowledge in clinical sciences, including skills to enable comprehensive and holistic assessment and management of patient conditions.

During your third and fourth years you will develop advanced clinical practice skills, including surgery (and other orthopaedic management), paediatrics, chronic pain and the management of sporting injuries.

Practical learning is a major focus and some of your learning will take place in our on-campus Podiatry Clinics as well as during external placements in metropolitan and rural locations. Placements may be completed at major hospitals or in private practice. You will also get the opportunity to fine-tune your podiatry skills with 3D printed feet, created as part of a world-first podiatry training initiative. The feet are complete with calluses, corns and fake toenails, enabling you to practice techniques and skills so you feel confident before beginning clinical placements.

Your career

Successful podiatrists not only possess excellent motor skills, but also outstanding communication skills. If you are interested in working with people and promoting wellbeing, this may be the degree for you.

Podiatrists are employed in a range of settings, including:

community health centres
private practice
aged care
sports clinics and sporting teams
children’s health
occupational health.



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,800.00 (20,47,671) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022


City East Campus

Corner of North Terrace and Frome Rd,


South Australia,

5001, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 program. The SAT scoring system has changed. Upon application old scores will be converted if required. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall 6.0 (with 6.0 in Reading and Writing); TOEFL iBT score of 60 with Reading and Writing not less than 18; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 550 with TWE of 4.5; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 169; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 50 with Reading and Writing communicative scores not less than 50; CELUSA score of AE4.

For international students

Applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements and essential requirements for admission:

Recent secondary education:

Meet any prerequisite requirements with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent and

Complete secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE, or

Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points


Higher education study

Complete or partly complete a recognized higher education program at a recognized higher education institution


Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Complete an award from a registered training organisation at Advanced Diploma level or above


Work and life experience

Hold completed secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE obtained more than 2 years in the past

English language requirements:

IELTS score of 7.0; TOEFL iBT score of 94 with no band less than 22; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 600 with TWE of 5.0; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 186; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 65 with no communicative score less than 65; CELUSA score of AE6.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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