Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours)

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

Study at the longest standing podiatry school in Australia. La Trobe's Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) 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 year, you'll learn about the role of health professionals in the community, the fundamentals of biosciences and the factors that influence health, as well as the causes of human disease. You will also develop foundation knowledge and skills in podiatric practice. During second and third years, you'll develop a deep understanding of lower limb biomechanics, pharmacology, and complex conditions such as diabetes. You will extend your knowledge and skills in podiatric practice and undertake placements at our on-campus podiatry clinic under the guidance of qualified clinicians. During fourth year, you'll refine your knowledge and skills as you work towards becoming work ready. You will and undertake placements in community health centres, hospitals and private practices under the guidance of qualified clinicians. From semester two of third year and throughout the final year of the course you will complete a major industry honours project or, subject to meeting academic merit requirements, have an option to complete a research honours project. These projects provide an opportunity for you to develop the research and project management skills required for successful professional practice in Podiatry. La Trobe is the Australian market leader for podiatry practice: 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. The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.

Structure

480credit points over four years. The third and fourth years can be taken either in a research or industry stream.

Standard entry requirements

  • Essential requirements for enrolment or graduation: Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course
  • Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course
  • Prior to commencing a placement, students are required to meet all of the requirements of the degree in relation to immunisation and testing for blood borne viruses. Students must visit a medical practitioner who will complete and sign the Immunisation and Health Record form
  • First Aid and/or CPR certification is required to meet the professional requirements of the degree. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last two years): VCE: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics. Bridging and enabling courses: Successful completion of Unilearn Biology (which must include online lab activities) with an overall grade of at least 60% satisfies the Biology prerequisite for this course. Personal Statement: Applicants can complete and submit a Personal Statement if they wish other information to be considered during the selection process. This may include information such as work experience or reason for applying. Relevant work experience with a Podiatrist or Podiatry department may be eligible for extra consideration during the selection process.

Recognition

La Trobe's podiatry courses have consistently received professional accreditation. Our new course, the Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) is currently seeking accreditation with the Podiatry Board of Australia (PBA). Pending the outcome of the processes, graduates of the Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) may be eligible to apply for registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia (PBA). Professional membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

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