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.
Western Sydney University offers podiatry as a Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine degree, which delivers career-ready graduates and is delivered jointly by Western Sydney University (WSU) and the University of Newcastle (UON).
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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 the second year, two weeks in the third year and 16 weeks in the fourth year. This experience focuses on providing extensive clinical practice prior to graduation.
As a fourth year student you will complete a professional practice program that explores aspects of clinical practice for a professional career, focusing on professional, technical, industrial and topical legal issues of complex cases. All clinical placements will occur during normal work hours of the various clinical facilities.
Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and related expenses during clinical placements which are located in metropolitan and rural areas of NSW.
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 may be eligible to be awarded a Bachelor of Health Science if you have met all the requirements
Our graduates are eligible to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. This program has been accredited by Australia and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC).
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As a Podiatric Medicine graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Sports podiatry
- Academia and Research
As a Podiatrist graduate, you will be an independent, highly skilled practitioner who is able to diagnose and treat disorders of the foot and lower limb, and a number of careers paths are available to you following graduation.
Podiatry Educator careers usually involve gaining an academic post in a university, but practising Podiatrists also commonly teach as part of their work. You may be involved in the education of podiatry students or train new graduate podiatrists.
University Lecturers and Tutors prepare and deliver lectures and conduct tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed program of study at a university and conduct research in a particular field of knowledge.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.
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