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Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
About the Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
Podiatrists are best known for treating problems that people commonly experience with their feet, but they are increasingly playing an important role in addressing chronic conditions such as diabetes. As a podiatrist, your patients can range from children to active sportspeople to the ageing.
UWS has developed an innovative integrated suite of health science courses. The integration allows some options at the end of the first year for you to transfer between the various streams if you meet the criteria, with advanced standing for the units that you have completed. Note that transfer places to some streams may be very limited and competitive, and transferring may extend the duration of the degree. Also, if you enrol in the four year Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine but decide to leave at the end of the third year, assuming you have successfully completed all of the first three years, you can be eligible to be awarded a Bachelor of Health Science if you have met all their requirements.
|Delivery Mode||On campus|
This course is not available to International students
|Duration||4 Years Full Time|
|Course Code||723565 [Campbelltown]|
|Entrance Rank||New Course|
|Fee Information||Local Course Fees (opens in a new window)|
Approximately 1,000 hours of clinical education is provided at the University's clinical training facility and at external placement sites, including one week of placement in second year, four weeks in third year and 16 weeks in fourth year. This experience focuses on providing extensive clinical practice prior to graduation. After the fourth year placements, students return to the University for a module that explores the lessons of the clinical experience for a professional career, focusing on professional, technical, industrial and topical legal issues of complex cases.
A Career in Podiatry
Podiatry concentrates on foot and leg pathology, but has diverse aspects. There is a large focus on footwear, from everyday wear to work wear and athletic shoes, as well as common problems such as ingrown toenails or bunions.
Podiatrists also look at the environments in which a patient works, lives, and plays social or competitive sport, as the basis for treatments to improve comfort and health.
Podiatrists work in a variety of settings in urban or rural locations. You might:
- be engaged in sports medicine, helping athletes and social sports people to improve their performance and function
- be employed in a community centre to help the aged become more mobile
- work in a private practice, ensuring children have footwear that meets their needs
- be part of a hospital team, addressing problems associated with chronic diseases and acute problems such as diabetes, which are increasing
- undertake research, expanding understanding of podiatry
- continue your training and become a podiatric surgeon.
How to Apply
All domestic applications for entry to UWS undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window). Step by step instructions are available on the Apply Now pages.
Instructions for international applications are available on the UWS International Admissions pages.
If you are interested in completing a higher research degree, for example Masters Honours, information is accessible from UWS Research (opens in a new window).