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Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine

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Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine

Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)

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Did you know the average person walks twice around the earth in their lifetime?

Often undervalued, the foundation of a person’s body, feet and foot health may impact on an individual’s entire wellbeing.

Podiatry (treatment of the feet, legs and associated body areas) is a dynamic and well-established profession with a diverse scope of practice. Podiatrists have a key role in maintaining mobility and enabling independence which is relevant to people of all ages and particularly important in an increasingly ageing population.

The increasing incidence of diabetes worldwide has a major impact on foot health and the value of podiatrists is well established in this area of practice. The growing recognition of podiatry’s role in a broad range of fields, such as primary health care, sports medicine, paediatrics and surgery, means that the profession will continue to grow in the foreseeable future.

CSU’s four-year Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine features a strong emphasis on clinical practice supported by on-site work experience at CSU’s Community Engagement and Wellness Centre. In addition, there is substantial workplace learning experience offered across regional, rural and remote locations. This is complemented by studies in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, Indigenous health, paediatrics, surgery, health promotion, sports medicine and the social sciences.

  • Why study this course?

    Reasons for studying Podiatric Medicine at CSU include:

    • CSU is highly regarded as a provider of podiatry clinical education. Many final-year students receive job offers before completing their studies
    • you will undertake more than 600 hours of clinical education at CSU’s on campus clinic, as well as 400 hours of external clinical placements. There are opportunities to attend sites in Australia and internationally, such as London, Singapore and Vietnam
    • you will learn from a dedicated team of professionals with extensive experience in a range of specialist areas
    • most Commonwealth countries recognise this course as providing entry-level podiatrists. Reciprocal agreements are in place between New Zealand, Singapore, the UK and Canada.
    How will I study?
    This four-year full-time program is based at CSU’s Albury-Wodonga Campus. Your learning will include theoretical and practical components, with tutorial workshops conducted in advanced anatomy and physiology laboratories.

    You will begin workplace learning in the first year of this course in CSU’s on campus clinic, the Community Engagement and Wellness Centre. In the second year, you will spend four hours each week in the on campus clinic. You will rotate through all aspects of the service and manage your own clients under the supervision of qualified clinical educators. You will also complete a one-week external observational placement in the private sector.

    As a third-year student, you will spend eight hours each week in the clinic on campus and rotate through the musculoskeletal clinic, working with physiotherapy students. You will also complete a one-week external placement that focuses on advanced clinical practice, which may include biomechanics, Indigenous health care, sports medicine, paediatrics or surgery.

    In fourth year, you will complete three eight-week placements in the public health sector and a range of interdisciplinary clinics. One of your workplace learning blocks is scheduled in the on campus clinic, where you will also have responsibility for mentoring junior students.

    CSU’s Community Engagement and Wellness Centre

    CSU’s on campus clinic has a reputation as a centre of excellence in the community and the health care sector. The clinic operates 48 weeks of the year and up to 240 clients are treated each week. More than 6,000 clients are registered with the clinic, so you will experience the full scope of podiatric practice on site, including primary health care, diabetes management, rheumatology, biomechanics and sports medicine, paediatrics and surgery. All workplace learning occurs under the close supervision of registered podiatry practitioners.

    Please note that this course involves the use of human cadaveric material for anatomy study.

    Honours stream

    If you achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 5 or above across your first and second year subjects, you will be eligible to apply to transfer into the Honours stream. This stream is embedded into years three and four of your course. If selected, you will complete specific Honours subjects that replace standard subjects and develop your organisational, research and academic writing skills. Selection into the Honours stream will depend on your academic merit, the extent to which you have considered a potential project topic, and the availability of appropriate supervisors.

  • Career opportunities

    Podiatrists may work in primary health care as part of a multi-disciplinary team, whose mission is to maintain the health and wellness of the community. Podiatrists have an important role in improving the quality of life, and life expectancy, of clients with chronic diseases such as diabetes. Podiatrists may also work in private practice as independent practitioners or in partnership with other health professionals.

    Following graduation, podiatrists can undertake further study to become endorsed to prescribe scheduled medicines or perform podiatric surgery.

    Podiatrists work in:

    • private and public hospitals
    • community health centres
    • private health practices
    • sports clinics.
    They can specialise in:

    • biomechanics
    • sports injury management and sports medicine
    • diabetes management
    • high-risk foot care
    • paediatrics
    • Indigenous health
    • general foot care
    • health promotion
    • surgery.
    Podiatrists are able to make direct referrals for X-ray and ultrasound imaging for diagnostic purposes. Appropriately endorsed podiatrists have the ability to prescribe medications directly to patients without referral to a general practitioner.

  • Professional recognition

    The course has been developed to meet the requirements of the Podiatry Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA).

    The Podiatry course at CSU is recognised by all states and territories of Australia, as well as in the UK (via the Podiatry Board of Australia mutual recognition). It is also recognised in New Zealand via trans-Tasman mutual recognition legislation.

    The course is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Accreditation Council (ANZPAC).

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    No Special Arrangements Apply

  • Workplace learning

    You will be required to complete about 1,000 hours of clinical experience during the Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine, working in community health, private practice and hospital settings. Workplace learning will be undertaken in conjunction with a number of subjects throughout the course, beginning in the first year.You will complete about 600 hours of clinical experience using the on campus clinic. A further 400 hours of clinical experience (workplace learning) is carried out outside the University. These placements increase from one week in first and second years, to up to 16 weeks in fourth year. Placements may be completed anywhere in Australia and may be available internationally.

    Students are responsible for any travel and accommodation expenses to and from clinical placements. Some scholarships may be available through external sources. Students will be required to undertake clinical practice during university holiday periods.

    Students are expected to purchase laboratory equipment including lab coats, scissors, goniometry and other biomechanical/ practical equipment throughout the course.

    Latest Facilities

    To provide students with direct hands-on clinical experience, and to ensure that you are experienced at using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include:

    • state-of-the-art anatomy and physiology laboratories
    • first class clinical teaching laboratories
    • small group sizes
    • a 'real life' on campus podiatry clinic where you will treat your first patients and obtain over 600 hours of clinical training. This clinic has more than 3,000 patients currently registered and provides the basis of an excellent clinical education with hands-on training.

     

    Immunisation

    NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

    Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

    The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

    As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

    PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

    Further information is available from NSW Health.

    Working with Children Check

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

     

    First Aid Certificate

    All students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, obtained at their own cost, from an accredited body (Workcover  approved) before undertaking any workplace learning. The Senior First Aid Certificate must be current for the duration of the course.

    If you are an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse or Paramedic you may instead provide documentation from a current employer which indicates evidence of competency based CPR accreditation.

    NOTE: As many courses include workplace learning in the first session, students are advised to complete their First Aid Certificate prior to commencement of their first year of study.

     

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of 256 points. At the end of 2nd year, students can choose - dependent upon satisfying minimum requirements - to complete the Honours stream or remain in the pass degree. Entry into Honours is dependant on the availability of appropriate supervisors and resources required to support the project.

    Common Stream

    BMS171 Introduction to Functional Human Anatomy
    BMS172 Functional Anatomy of the Vertebral Column, Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limb
    BMS161 Health and Human Body - Cells, Immunity and Musculoskeletal.
    BMS162 BMS162 Health and the Human Body II - Systemic Human Physiology.
    BMS263 Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals
    BMS244 Podiatric biomechanics and Paediatrics (16 points)
    BMS236 Pathophysiology for Allied Health Professionals
    BMS255 Neuroscience for Health Practice
    GER204 Ageing and Professional Practice
    HIP100 Introduction to Health and Rehabilitation
    HIP202 Research for Health Practice
    IKC100 Indigenous Health
    POD203 Introduction to Podiatric Clinical Practice (16 points)
    POD213 Clinical Podiatric Practice

    Pass Stream

    POD306 Advanced Clinical Podiatric Practice (16 points)
    POD307 Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Pathology
    POD308 The Diabetic Foot and Chronic Wound Management
    POD315 Mental Health, Neurological and Vascular Medicine
    POD316 Sports Medicine and Electrophysical Agents
    POD317 Local Anaesthesia and Surgery
    POD403 Clinical Podiatric Residency (16 points)
    POD404 Complex Cases in Podiatric Practice (16 points)
    POD405 Diagnostic Sciences for Podiatric Practice
    POD408 Advanced Pharmacology and Prescribing
    POD413 Professional Podiatric Practice
    POD415 Evidence Based Practice in Podiatry

    Elective subject
     

    Honours Stream

    HLT333 Community Health Honours Research Preparation (16 points)
    HLT441 Health Honours Project/Dissertation (16 points)
    POD307 Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Pathology
    POD308 The Diabetic Foot and Chronic Wound Management
    POD309 Advanced Clinical Podiatric Practice for Honours
    POD315 Mental Health, Neurological and Vascular Medicine
    POD316 Sports Medicine and Electrophysical Agents
    POD317 Local Anaesthesia and Surgery
    POD405 Diagnostic Sciences for Podiatric Practice
    POD408 Advanced Pharmacology and Prescrbing
    POD407 Clinical Podiatric Residency & Complex Cases in Podiatric Practice for Honours (24 points)
    POD413 Professional Podiatric Practice

    Key Subjects:
    BMS172 Functional Anatomy of the Vertebral Column, Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limb
    BMS263 Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals
    POD203 Introduction to Podiatric Clinical Practice (16 points)
    POD213 Clinical Podiatric Practice
    POD306 Advanced Clinical Podiatric Practice (16 points)
    POD309 Advanced Clinical Podiatric Practice for Honours
    POD403 Clinical Podiatric Residency (16 points)
    POD407 Clinical Podiatric Residency & Complex Cases in Podiatric Practice for Honours (24 points)

     

    Enrolment pattern

    Common Stream
    Session 1
    GER204 Ageing and Professional Practice
    HIP100   Introduction to Health & Rehabilitation
    BMS161 Health and Human Body - Cells, Immunology and Musculoskeletal
    BMS171 Introductory Functional Human Anatomy

    Session 2
    BMS162 Health and the Human Body II - Systemic Human Physiology.
    BMS172 Functional Anatomy of the Vertebral Column, Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limb
    IKC100   Indigenous Health
    POD203 Introduction to Podiatric Clinical Practice (commence)

    Session 3
    HIP202   Research for Health Practice
    BMS244 Podiatric Biomechanics and Paediatrics (commence)
    BMS263 Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals
    POD203 Introduction to Podiatric Clinical Practice (completed)

    Session 4
    BMS255 Neuroscience for Health Practice
    BMS236 Pathophysiology for Allied Health Professionals
    BMS244 Podiatric Biomechanics and Paediatrics (completed)
    POD213 Clinical Podiatric Practice

    Pass Stream
    Session 5
    POD306 Advanced Clinical Podiatric Practice (commence)
    POD307 Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Pathology
    POD308 The Diabetic Foot and Chronic Wound Management
    POD405 Diagnostic Sciences for Podiatric Practice

    Session 6
    POD306 Advanced Clinical Podiatric Practice (completed)
    POD317 Local Anaesthesia and Surgery
    POD315 Mental Health, Neurological and Vascular Medicine
    POD316 Sports Medicine & Electrophysical Agents

    Session 7
    POD403 Clinical Podiatric Residency (commence)
    POD408 Advanced Pharmacology and Prescribing
    POD404 Complex Cases in Podiatric Practice (commence)
    Elective subject

    Session 8
    POD404 Complex Cases in Podiatric Practice (completed)
    POD403 Clinical Podiatric Residency (completed)
    POD413 Professional Podiatric Practice
    POD415 Evidence Based Practice in Podiatry


    Honours Stream
    Session 5
    POD309 Advanced Clinical Podiatric Practice for Honours
    POD307 Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Pathology
    POD308 The Diabetic Foot and Chronic Wound Management
    HLT333 Community Health Honours Research Preparation (commence)

    Session 6
    HLT333 Community Health Honours Research Preparation (completed)
    POD317 Local Anaesthesia and Surgery
    POD315 Mental Health, Neurological and Vascular Medicine
    POD316 Sports Medicine & Electrophysical Agents

    Session 7
    POD407 Clinical Podiatric Residency & Complex Cases in Podiatric Practice for Honours (commence)
    POD408 Advanced Pharmacology and Prescribing
    POD405 Diagnostic Sciences for Podiatric Practice
    HLT441  Health Honours Project / Dissertation (commence)

    Session 8
    POD407 Clinical Podiatric Residency & Complex Cases in Podiatric Practice for Honours (16) (completed)
    POD413 Professional Podiatric Practice
    HLT441  Health Honours Project / Dissertation (completed) 

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    BMS162 Health and the Human Body II - Systemic Human Physiology
    BMS161 Health and the Human Body - Cells, Immunity, & Musculoskeletal
    BMS171 Introduction to Functional Human Anatomy
    BMS172 Functional Anatomy of the Vertebral Column, Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limb

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Assumed knowledge for NSW HSC students is Physics and Biology.

    Non-recent school leavers are required to submit a written application indicating their interest in, and motivation for studying, podiatry; any relevant work experience; and any evidence of success at tertiary or other studies. These applicants also have the option of sitting the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). The Faculty of Science provides science support for its students, especially for non-recent school leavers through the University's STUDY LINK programs.

    Non-Year 12 applicants should complete a Supplementary Application Form to support their application.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNNKSPO
    VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113071
    UACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN214451
    VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYNN1300113073
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYNNISPO

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate with a University Certificate of Health Science, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

    To graduate with an Associate Degree of Health Science, students must satisfactorily complete 128 points.

    To graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points

    To graduate with a Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points.

  • How to apply
    Supplementary application forms

    Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine Additional Form

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

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    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    039051A (Albury-Wodonga)

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  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience
    • SSS029 - Introduction to Anatomy 

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects. A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions.The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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