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 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 2012

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:
Albury-Wodonga n/a
Bendigo 67.15
Melbourne 74.45
Mildura n/a
Shepparton n/a
Year
2015
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. Youll 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.

For more information please visit our Handbook.
Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible for registration in all Australian states and New Zealand. 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: study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English (any) and at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics (any), 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$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
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 through VTAC from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Or, apply through UAC if youre applying to study at our Albury-Wodonga or Mildura campuses.

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

Want to know more?

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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
This course aims to give you skills and knowledge related to the prevention and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle, through practical experience in podiatry.

As well as covering common healthcare problems, you'll learn about podiatry treatment involved in complex medical conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. The curriculum encompasses specialised areas of podiatry such as sports injuries, paediatrics and surgery.

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.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions site.
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

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.
Full course details
Health Sciences/PodiatryMelbourne
Health Sciences/PodiatryBendigo

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

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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