Podiatry

Why study Podiatry?

We are the oldest and largest Podiatry School in Australia, currently training over one-third of Australia's podiatry students*

Our practical hands on program gives you the skills and knowledge to prevent and treat disorders of the foot and ankle. Learn assessment and management skills used in podiatric practice and how to treat patients with complex medical conditions. Know how to work in different areas of podiatry such as paediatrics, surgery and sport injuries.

* Podiatry Board of Australia - Student Enrolment Data, July 2013

Career opportunities

Podiatrists work in a variety of settings, including public and private practice, community health centres, hospitals and academia.  They work with people of all ages in a wide range of clinical settings, such as paediatrics, surgery and sports.

La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist. Graduates may be eligible to work overseas in countries like the United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada and New Zealand, subject to each country's registration requirements.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.

Courses

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice

Semester starts: Semester 1 (March) Semester 1 (March)
Duration: 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer. 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time 4 years

Master of Applied Science

Semester starts: See additional information Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 2 years full-time, or the equivalent part-time 2 years

Master of Podiatric Practice

Semester starts: 5 February, 2018 (Compulsory bridging course) 5 February, 2018 (Compulsory bridging course)
Duration: 2 years full-time 2 years full-time

Podiatry at La Trobe

Podiatry Clinic at La Trobe University

Your study experience

Alternative pathways

If you have completed common first-year subjects in another degree at La Trobe, you may be eligible to transfer into the second year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Podiatric Practice degree.

Podiatry placements

We have our own podiatry clinic at the Melbourne campus where you will be directly involved in the treatment of patients. Further clinical experience is gained through external placement in hospitals, health centres and private practice under the supervision of a clinician. Placements are available in metropolitan Melbourne, rural and regional Victoria, interstate and overseas. You must do placements in Melbourne and in rural or regional Victoria.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

We also offer opportunities for some overseas clinical placements.

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

I think this course gives us excellent career opportunities.

Ms Alison Leech,

About the academic staff

The paramedicine staff employed at La Trobe University are highly qualified and motivated individuals who share their experience and enthusiasm with students, and align curriculum content with international best practice.  They are determined to produce resilient, critical thinking and capable clinicians that can thrive in this exciting profession.

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