Podiatry

ANZPAC Accredited CourseWhy 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 and leads to professional registration as a podiatrist. 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

Podiatry at La Trobe

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.

Graduates are also eligible to register as a Podiatrist and work overseas in countries like the United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada and New Zealand.

Courses

Local students

2015

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice

Duration :
4 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne 74.45
Year
2015
Course description
This is the most established podiatry course in Victoria, currently training a large proportion of Australia's podiatry students. You'll develop best-practice skills in the treatment and prevention of foot and ankle disorders, ultimately leading to registration as a professional podiatrist.

During first and second year, you'll acquire an understanding of the role of health professionals in the community and look at the fundamentals of human biosciences along with the factors that influence health. You'll also begin to develop podiatric skills, learn about medical assessment and management, and gain a deeper understanding of complex conditions like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

During third and fourth year, you'll put what you've learnt into practice with placements in our on-campus podiatry clinic and in settings like hospitals, health centres and private practice. This gives you direct experience treating patients under the guidance of a qualified clinician.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this four-and-a-half year degree in only four years.
Career opportunities
Our theoretical and clinical subjects prepare you for careers in areas like pediatrics and sports injury management as well as in specialist fields such as foot and ankle surgery. You'll be ready to treat people of all ages and be eligible to work overseas in some countries. Our graduates work in public and private practice, community health centres, hospitals and in academia.
Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible for registration in all Australian states and New Zealand. This course is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC). You may also find opportunities for voluntary and paid work overseas, with registration criteria varying from country to country.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Current Year 12 applicants with relevant work experience or employment with a podiatrist/podiatry department during and/or subsequent to school may provide these details on a VTAC Personal History online (if applicable).

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Selection may be based on ATAR, VTAC Personal History online, GPA, or STAT Multiple Choice.
Middle band
La Trobe considers Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria; and a regional bonus may apply.
Costs
Instruments approximately A$600 in second year and safety equipment for which prices are variable. Students must purchase a Podiatry Department shirt for clinical placements (A$60) along with a name tag (A$12) and approved leather shoes. Proof of current immunisations and National Police Check (A$20) may be required for some placements. Immunisation costs may vary, A$20-$400. Accommodation costs for clinical placements will vary according to location.
Books and equipment (other than the name badge and uniform) may be purchased from any supplier; however La Trobe University-branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain students' personal property. Accommodation and travel costs for clinical placement may also be incurred and vary according to the venue. Students may be required to get various immunisations prior to starting clinical placements at their own cost, approximately A$20 -$400. Please note costs are approximate and subject to change. You'll also need to obtain a Working with Children (WWC) Check - no cost - before undertaking a clinical professional placement. Prior to commencing third year, students will be required to undertake a First Aid course (as per Podiatry Board of Australia requirements) including CPR, anaphylaxis and defibrillation training at an approximate cost of A$160. This course is not conducted by La Trobe University.
Additional information
NOTE: students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to Bendigo after first year.

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Health Sciences website.
How to apply
Apply from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Or register for updates now. Year 12 students can apply for this course now through our Aspire Program.

You can also ask us a question or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
Applied Science/PodiatryMelbourne

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Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students

International students

2014

Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Podiatric Practice (062598G/ 062806D)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
25 040
Campus
Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
Podiatrists work in preventing and treating foot and ankle disorders occurring through direct injury to the foot or as a result of chronic illness such as diabetes and arthritis. You can also specialise in areas of podiatry such as sports injuries, paediatrics and surgery. You'll treat patients in on-campus clinical centres including the Health Science Clinic plus placements at hospitals, health facilities and private practices.

Extensive clinical training helps you apply theoretical knowledge: you'll treat patients in specialised on-campus clinical teaching environments, and do external placements at hospitals, health centres and private practices.

Overseas placements are available in Scotland, Singapore and the UK. Students at the Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton Campuses must transfer to Bendigo after first year.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;

or approved international equivalent.

Please note you will be required to achieve an IELTS of 7 in all bands or an OET with minimum B in all components, to be eligible for registration with. Please read the .
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 80 and at least an A in English
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2013 (indicative only) - 78.30
International Baccalaureate - 27
GCE A Levels - 11
HKDSE - 3 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - ABB
STPM - 9.33
MICSS (UEC) - 4
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4.5
Canada Secondary School/or CPU - 75
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 75
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8.2
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.2
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3
GAOKAO - see: the website
Subject prerequisite
Two of Biology, Chemistry, Year 12 Mathematics or Physics.
Additional costs
Instruments approximately A$600 in second year and safety equipment for which prices are variable. Students must purchase a Podiatry Department shirt for clinical placements (A$60) along with a name tag (A$12) and approved leather shoes. Proof of current immunisations and National Police Check (A$15.50) may be required for some placements. Immunisation costs may vary, A$250-$470. Accommodation costs for clinical placements will vary according to location. Materials can be purchased from any supplier; however LTU branded uniform must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain your personal property. You'll also need to obtain a Working with Children (WWC) Check - no cost - before undertaking a clinical professional placement. Prior to commencing third year, students will be required to undertake a first aid course (as per Podiatry Board of Australia requirements) including CPR, anaphylaxis and defibrillation training at an approximate cost of A$150.
Additional information

How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible for registration in all Australian states and New Zealand. They may also find opportunities for voluntary and paid work overseas, with registration criteria varying from country to country.
Career opportunities
Excellent employment opportunities generally exist in private practice, hospitals, community health centres, sports medicine clinics, geriatric centres, nursing homes and teaching. Podiatrists may work as a sole practitioner or part of a multidisciplinary team. Opportunities exist in both the private and public sectors, with 70 per cent of practitioners in Victoria working in the private sector. Many private practices are developed in conjunction with other health care professionals, such as general practitioners or physiotherapists. Public sector opportunities exist in community health centres and hospitals.
Full course details
Health Sciences/PodiatryMelbourne
Health Sciences/PodiatryBendigo

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Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Alternative pathways

If you have completed common first-year subjects in another degree within our faculty, there are a small number of places available 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.

Regional campus transfer

Students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to the Bendigo campus for the last three years of the course.

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

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the Faculty of Health Sciences or focus on staff in Podiatry.

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