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What will I learn?

Podiatrists are health practitioners who diagnose and treat a wide range of foot and related lower limb conditions. Podiatrists analyse the way people walk or run and correct foot and lower limb problems that can sometimes cause pain elsewhere in the body, such as the knees. Podiatrists can improve foot and lower limb function in many ways, including the use of specialised shoe inserts called orthotic devices to correct alignment and assist with walking difficulties. Podiatrists may use physical therapy techniques to assist with rehabilitation of sports injuries or correct some foot problems such as nail problems, using minor surgical techniques. Podiatrists also work alongside other health professionals to deliver the best overall care for a patient with chronic disease such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.

Employment opportunities for podiatrists are excellent. This course was Queensland’s first degree in podiatry and offers opportunities for hands-on learning that are unique to QUT.

During this course, you will complete more than 1,000 hours of clinical placement. At our on-campus podiatry clinic you will treat real patients under the supervision of registered podiatrists. You will provide specialist services in all aspects of professional practice including podiatric surgery and physical therapy. Commonly, patients present with conditions that include heel pain, running injuries, footwear problems and corrections, skin problems, and tendon and joint injuries.

Professional experience is also offered at external facilities where you can participate in biomechanics/musculoskeletal clinics, sports clinics, diabetes foot complication clinics, paediatric clinics and general podiatry clinics. You will also have the opportunity to participate in events that focus on prevention and treatment within the wider community.

Integral to the practice of podiatry is an understanding of human anatomy, biomolecular science, pharmacology, dermatology, and clinical medicine and surgery. This theoretical knowledge is supported with extensive professional placement to prepare you for transition into the workforce.

Highlights

Be job ready with 1,000 hours of clinical experience off-campus and in the on-campus QUT Podiatry Clinic.
Excellent job prospects and careers in private practice, sports podiatry, podiatric medicine and surgery and rehabilitation.
Study human anatomy, biomolecular science, pharmacology, dermatology, clinical gait analysis, rehabilitation medicine and therapy.
For health science, human movement, nursing or biomedical science graduates: consider the Bachelor of Podiatry - Graduate entry.

Career outcomes

Podiatrists often work with other health professionals in hospital settings, establish a private practice or complete training as a podiatric surgeon. Graduates may also build a career in paediatric podiatry, sports podiatry, forensic podiatry, community health or research.

Possible careers

Community Health Officer
Podiatrist
Rehabilitation Professionals

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health

CRICOS

077686F

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$41,400.00 (US$ 30,909) per year

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

Start date

21 February 2022

Venue

Kelvin Grove Campus

Victoria Park Road,

KELVIN GROVE,

Queensland,

4059, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International students must full fill the equivalent of below given Australian entry qualifications: Foundation Program Year completed at an Australian University with a final overall grade average of 4.5 (on a 7 point scale) and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s). QUT Intensive Program with a grade average of at least 4.4 out of 7 and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s). QUT Foundation Program with a grade average of at least 4.4 out of 7 and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s). QUT Diploma program with a grade point average of at least 4.0 out of 7; and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s). IELTS Academic - Overall 6.5, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 6.0; Pearson PTE (Academic) - Overall 58, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 50; TOEFL iBT - Overall 79, Listening Reading -16; Writing - 21; Speaking - 18. Cambridge Advanced English Score - Overall 176, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 169.

For international students

  • Foundation Program Year completed at an Australian University with a final overall grade average of 5.0 (on a 7 point scale) and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s).
  • QUT Intensive Program with a grade average of at least 5.0 out of 7 and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s).
  • QUT Foundation Program with a grade average of at least 5.0 out of 7 and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s).
  • QUT Diploma program with a grade point average of at least 4.5 out of 7; and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s).

Subject prerequisites

Chemistry
Maths B

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies.

IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 6.5; TOEFL iBT score of 98 with Listening, Reading and Speaking score of 20, Writing score of 24; Pearson PTE (Academic) score of 65 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 58; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) score of 185 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 176.

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

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