La Trobe University

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice


Semester starts
Semester 1 (March)
4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Annual tuition fee (A$)
35 000

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.

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, community 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.

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

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.

English language requirement

Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70%) PG1) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

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;

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 85 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill score 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. Please read the Registration Standard for Podiatry.

Career outcomes

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

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 costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

35 000

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

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

Additional information

Accelerated study program 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. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

CRICOS code: 083317C/062806D