Did you know the average person walks twice around the earth in their lifetime?
Often undervalued, the foundation of a person’s body, feet and foot health may impact on an individual’s entire well-being.
Podiatry (treatment of the feet, legs and associated body areas) is a dynamic and well-established profession with a diverse scope of practice. Podiatrists have a key role in maintaining mobility and enabling independence which is relevant to people of all ages and particularly important in an increasingly aging population.
The increasing incidence of diabetes worldwide has a major impact on foot health and the value of podiatrists is well established in this area of practice. The growing recognition of podiatry’s role in a broad range of fields, such as primary health care, sports medicine, pediatrics and surgery, means that the profession will continue to grow in the foreseeable future.
CSU’s four-year Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine features a strong emphasis on clinical practice supported by on-site work experience at CSU’s Community Engagement and Wellness Centre. In addition, there is substantial workplace learning experience offered across regional, rural and remote locations. This is complemented by studies in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, Indigenous health, pediatrics, surgery, health promotion, sports medicine and the social sciences.
Why study this course?
Reasons for studying Podiatric Medicine at CSU include:
- CSU is highly regarded as a provider of podiatry clinical education. Many final-year students receive job offers before completing their studies
- you will undertake more than 600 hours of clinical education at CSU’s on-campus clinic, as well as 400 hours of external clinical placements. There are opportunities to attend sites in Australia and internationally, such as London, Singapore and Vietnam
- you will learn from a dedicated team of professionals with extensive experience in a range of specialist areas
- most Commonwealth countries recognize this course as providing entry-level podiatrists. Reciprocal agreements are in place between New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, and Canada.
How will I study?
This four-year full-time program is based at CSU’s Albury-Wodonga Campus. Your learning will include theoretical and practical components, with tutorial workshops conducted in advanced anatomy and physiology laboratories.
You will begin workplace learning in the first year of this course in CSU’s on-campus clinic, the Community Engagement and Wellness Centre. In the second year, you will spend four hours each week in the on-campus clinic. You will rotate through all aspects of the service and manage your own clients under the supervision of qualified clinical educators. You will also complete a one-week external observational placement in the private sector.
As a third-year student, you will spend eight hours each week in the clinic on campus and rotate through the musculoskeletal clinic, working with physiotherapy students. You will also complete a one-week external placement that focuses on advanced clinical practice, which may include biomechanics, Indigenous health care, sports medicine, pediatrics or surgery.
In the fourth year, you will complete three eight-week placements in the public health sector and a range of interdisciplinary clinics. One of your workplace learning blocks is scheduled in the on-campus clinic, where you will also have responsibility for mentoring junior students.
CSU’s Community Engagement and Wellness Centre
CSU’s on-campus clinic has a reputation as a center of excellence in the community and the healthcare sector. The clinic operates 48 weeks of the year and up to 240 clients are treated each week. More than 6,000 clients are registered with the clinic, so you will experience the full scope of podiatric practice on site, including primary health care, diabetes management, rheumatology, biomechanics, and sports medicine, pediatrics, and surgery. All workplace learning occurs under the close supervision of registered podiatry practitioners.
Please note that this course involves the use of human cadaveric material for anatomy study.
If you achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 5 or above across your first and second-year subjects, you will be eligible to apply to transfer into the Honours stream. This stream is embedded into years three and four of your course. If selected, you will complete specific Honours subjects that replace standard subjects and develop your organizational, research and academic writing skills. Selection into the Honours stream will depend on your academic merit, the extent to which you have considered a potential project topic, and the availability of appropriate supervisors.
Podiatrists may work in primary health care as part of a multi-disciplinary team, whose mission is to maintain the health and wellness of the community. Podiatrists have an important role in improving the quality of life, and life expectancy, of clients with chronic diseases such as diabetes. Podiatrists may also work in private practice as independent practitioners or in partnership with other health professionals.
Following graduation, podiatrists can undertake further study to become endorsed to prescribe scheduled medicines or perform podiatric surgery.
Podiatrists work in:
- private and public hospitals
- community health centers
- private health practices
- sports clinics.
They can specialize in:
- sports injury management and sports medicine
- diabetes management
- high-risk foot care
- Indigenous health
- general foot care
- health promotion
Podiatrists are able to make direct referrals for X-ray and ultrasound imaging for diagnostic purposes. Appropriately endorsed podiatrists have the ability to prescribe medications directly to patients without referral to a general practitioner.
The course has been developed to meet the requirements of the Podiatry Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA).
The Podiatry course at CSU is recognized by all states and territories of Australia, as well as in the UK (via the Podiatry Board of Australia mutual recognition). It is also recognized in New Zealand via trans-Tasman mutual recognition legislation.
The course is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Accreditation Council (ANZPAC).
Assumed knowledge for NSW HSC students in Physics and Biology.
Non-recent school leavers are required to submit a written application indicating their interest in, and motivation for studying, podiatry; any relevant work experience; and any evidence of success in tertiary or other studies. These applicants also have the option of sitting the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). The Faculty of Science provides science support for its students, especially for non-recent school leavers through the University's STUDY LINK programs.
Non-Year 12 applicants should complete a Supplementary Application Form to support their application.