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Course summary

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.



4.5 years minimum for students commencing Session 2

Gold Coast1, 2, 3


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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, pathophysiology, pharmacology, psychology and communication. As you move through the course, you 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.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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.

Ethical 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.

Lifelong learning

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.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural safety in clinical/professional practice and leadership.

Demonstrate an understanding of health inequalities and indigenous health (worldwide).

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.

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.

The majority of podiatry employment is in private practice. As a podiatrist graduates also have the opportunity to work in community health settings; in hospitals and with specialised health teams such as in diabetic care; in health promotion and education; with children, athletes and older people; or to undertake research.

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.

Thes experiences will build your capacity to work with children and adults, athletes and elderly people to examine sporting injuries, gait, biomechanics and acute foot conditions.

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.


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'