Master of Podiatric Practice
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
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
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.
You may work as a registered podiatrist, either as a sole practitioner or as part of a multidisciplinary team. Career opportunities also exist in community health centres and hospitals.
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.
Fees and costs
$32,000 per 120 credit points.
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.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
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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: