La Trobe University

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice


Start dates
Semester 1 (March)
4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Study at the oldest and largest podiatry school in Australia.

La Trobe’s Bachelor of Applied Science/Master of Podiatry Practice trains a significant proportion of Australia’s podiatry students. Graduates will be prepared for a long-term career improving the mobility and quality of life for people with lower-limb injuries, chronic illness and disability.

In first and second year, you’ll learn about the role of health professionals in the community, the fundamentals of biosciences and the factors that influence health. Develop skills in podiatric practice, medical assessment, case management and gain a deeper understanding of complex conditions like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

During third and fourth years you’ll undertake around 1,000 hours of placements at our on-campus podiatry clinic, in community health centres, hospitals and private practice under the guidance of qualified clinicians.

La Trobe is the Australian market leader for podiatry practice:

  • Course fully accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council
  • Access work placements at Australia’s leading hospitals including Alfred Health, Melbourne Health, Eastern Health, Monash Health and Northern Health
  • Opportunity for placements in Glasgow, Singapore, Darwin, Broome and Alice Springs
  • La Trobe’s research in Human Movement, Sports Science and Physiology is rated 'well above world standard'*

  • Take advantage of flexible learning.

*ERA rankings report 2015

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


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. 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.

Special consideration

A study score of 30 in any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development equals 4 aggregate points. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

Advanced standing - credit for prior study

Advanced Standing is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your previous tertiary study and the number of subjects completed.

Visit our Advanced standing information to see if advanced standing is available for this course.


If you wish to delay your studies until a later time, it may be possible for you to defer. Find out if you can defer.

Career outcomes

Podiatrists are in demand in many countries around the world. Graduates can find work in hospitals, clinical settings and private practice. You can also pursue further study with the aim of working in sports, advanced practice paediatrics or becoming a podiatric surgeon.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC). Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and 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.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

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Additional costs

Students should allow approximately AUD$750 for a uniform, name badge, approved leather shoes (black lace up with leather upper) and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property. In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid II Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required AUD$160. The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500. Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue. Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

How to apply for an undergraduate degree To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe: - ask us a question - chat online - visit our FAQ page - connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

Additional information

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the College of Science, Health and Engineering website. This course has limited opportunities for entry with advanced standing. Applicants may apply for entry including previous tertiary study, but offers may not include advanced standing for all previous subjects.

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.