Podiatry

Why study Podiatry?

Our postgraduate coursework program provides graduates of health sciences or related disciplines with the knowledge and skills to prevent and treat disorders of the foot and ankle. Learn the 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 sports injuries.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

You may work as a sole practitioner or as part of a multidisciplinary team. Opportunities also exist in community health centres and hospitals. 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.

Courses

Local students

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2018

Master of Podiatric Practice
Duration :
2 years full-time
Semester starts :
5 February, 2018 (Compulsory bridging course)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
Podiatrists treat and manage issues relating to bone and joint disorders, such as arthritis, soft tissue and muscular pathologies, as well as neurological and circulatory diseases. We are the oldest and largest podiatry school in Australia, training over one-third of Australia's podiatry students.*

Our hands-on, two-year program gives you the skills and knowledge to prevent and treat disorders of the foot and ankle.

You'll learn the assessment and management skills used in podiatric practice and how to treat patients with complex medical conditions. Our course will enable you to work in different areas of podiatry such as paediatrics, surgery and sports injuries.

The Department of Podiatry conducts its own clinic at our Melbourne Campus, where you'll be directly involved in treating patients.

You'll gain further clinical experience through external placements at hospitals, health centres and private practices, under the supervision of a skilled clinician. Placements are available in metropolitan Melbourne, rural and regional Victoria and interstate. We also offer opportunities for some overseas clinical placements.

*Podiatry Board of Australia - Student Enrolment Data, July 2013
Professional recognition
The Master of Podiatric Practice is accredited by The Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC). Graduates of the Master of Podiatric Practice may be eligible to apply for registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
Bachelor's degree completed within the past five years with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent. Relevant degrees include: Health Science (in relevant streams such as Allied Health or Anatomy & Physiology), Medicine, Pre-Medicine, Medical or Biomedical Science, Nursing and Dentistry degrees which were awarded within the last five (5) years. Applicants will be selected on academic merit and the degree to which pre-requisite capabilities can be demonstrated. Professional experience in related fields will be considered. English language requirements apply.

Entrance into the Podiatry Graduate Entry Masters (GEMs) program requires pre-existing knowledge, skills and attributes in the following core areas:
- Human anatomy of the lower extremity (in particular the foot)
- Human physiology
- Human pathology
- Microbiology
- Pharmacology.

Please see our Self-Assessment Checklist [PDF 359KB] for more information.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$32,000 per 120 credit points.
Costs
Instruments (A$600) and safety equipment are required in first year; prices vary. Students must purchase a Podiatry Department shirt to wear for
clinical activities (A$60), as well as a name tag (A$15) and approved leather
shoes. Proof of current immunisation and National Police Check (A$15) may
be required for some placements.
Accommodation costs for clinical placements vary according to venue,
and not all students incur the same costs. Students can buy equipment, materials etc, from any supplier and these items remain students personal property.
Additional information
All applicants are required to provide specific information in the Supplementary Form before the closing date. See the How to Apply section for the form and closing date.

La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of an average mark of 70 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply.

All students enrolled in this program are required to successfully complete a bridging course in the summer semester prior to commencing the course. Cost and dates are to be confirmed.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2018. Applications close 31 October 2017

You need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 441KB] with your application.

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See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2018

Master of Podiatric Practice (062806D)

Duration :
2 years full-time
Semester starts :
5 February, 2018 (Compulsory bridging course)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
35 000 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 are also a range of international scholarships available to assist students.
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
Podiatrists treat and manage issues relating to bone and joint disorders, such as arthritis, soft tissue and muscular pathologies, as well as neurological and circulatory diseases. We are the oldest and largest podiatry school in Australia, training over one-third of Australia's podiatry students.*

Our hands-on, two-year program gives you the skills and knowledge to prevent and treat disorders of the foot and ankle.

You'll learn the assessment and management skills used in podiatric practice and how to treat patients with complex medical conditions. Our course will enable you to work in different areas of podiatry such as paediatrics, surgery and sports injuries.

The Department of Podiatry conducts its own clinic at our Melbourne Campus, where you'll be directly involved in treating patients.

You'll gain further clinical experience through external placements at hospitals, health centres and private practices, under the supervision of a skilled clinician. Placements are available in metropolitan Melbourne, rural and regional Victoria and interstate. We also offer opportunities for some overseas clinical placements.

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

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill sore less than 68

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher

Or approved international equivalent.

Please note the Podiatry Board of Australia's Standard for English Language proficiency to register as a Podiatrist in Australia is an IELTS of 7.0 overall with a minimum score of 7.0 in all components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) or a minimum OET score of A or B in every component, achieved at the one sitting. The test must be taken no longer than 2 years prior to applying for registration.
Academic entry requirements
Bachelor's degree completed within the past five years with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent. Relevant degrees include: Health Science (in relevant streams such as Allied Health or Anatomy & Physiology), Medicine, Pre-Medicine, Medical or Biomedical Science, Nursing and Dentistry degrees which were awarded within the last five (5) years. Applicants will be selected on academic merit and the degree to wish pre-requisite capabilities can be demonstrated.

Entrance into the Podiatry Graduate Entry Masters (GEMs) program requires pre-existing knowledge, skills and attributes in the following core areas:

- Human anatomy of the lower extremity (in particular the foot)
- Human physiology
- Human pathology
- Microbiology
- Pharmacology

Please see our Self-Assessment Checklist [PDF 359KB] for more information.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional costs
Instruments (A$600) and safety equipment are required in first year; prices vary. Students must purchase a Podiatry Department shirt to wear for
clinical activities (A$60), as well as a name tag (A$15) and approved leather
shoes. Proof of current immunisation and National Police Check (A$15) may
be required for some placements.
Accommodation costs for clinical placements vary according to venue,
and not all students incur the same costs. Students can buy equipment, materials etc, from any supplier and these items remain students personal property.
Additional information
All students enrolled in this program are required to successfully complete a bridging course in the summer semester prior to commencing the course. Bridging course commences on the 27 January 2018.

You must also complete a Supplementary Information Form [PDF 698KB].
Professional recognition
The Master of Podiatric Practice is accredited by The Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC). Graduates of the Master of Podiatric Practice may be eligible to apply for registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
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.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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

Podiatry placements

We have our own 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.

Alternative Pathways

If you are not offered a place in the graduate-entry Masters program you may apply through VTAC for:

  • the four-year combined Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice course
  • the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree majoring in Anatomy and Physiology and meet the entry academic requirements of GPA of at least H2A (70% or above) in the program and successfully complete the essential pre-requisite tertiary level subjects:
    • Second Year: Essential MIC2MMP (Medical Microbiology for Podiatry)
    • Third Year: Desirable: HBS3NPM (Biomechanics of Normal and Pathological Movement)
    • Third Year: Essential HBS3PCY (Foundations in Pharmacology)

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

We also offer opportunities for some overseas clinical placements.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. View all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering.