The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
83.35 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


Central Coast

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 11692
CRICOS code: 058964B

Study a podiatry degree at UON

Training health experts in human mobility.

Our three-year accelerated Bachelor of Podiatry degree will get you career-ready, faster than your peers. Help restore a person’s independence and mobility by learning to diagnose, treat, and manage patients’ foot and lower leg problems. UON podiatry graduates are highly employable, thanks to our world-class training and high demand for specialised health experts across Australia.

A career in podiatry is challenging and rewarding. You could find yourself correcting sports injuries; addressing developmental issues in children; supporting elderly mobility; or treating chronic illnesses. Increasingly, podiatrists are also being called on to help address chronic health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis

Why study with us?

  • One of Australia’s only accelerated podiatry courses. Our intensive three-year podiatry degree lets you launch your career sooner.
  • Hands-on training in state-of-the-art facilities. With more than 1,000 hours of hands-on practice throughout your degree, you’ll gain real-world experience in a variety of health care settings.
  • Tick the boxes for professional registration. After graduating, you’re eligible to register with the Podiatry Registration Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
  • Great employment prospects. Podiatry graduates enjoy a starting salary of $55,000 and 83% secure employment within four months of completing their degree.

UON podiatry student examining a pair of feet

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3 year ? accelerated degree
1,000+ hours ? of clinical placement
ERA 5 ? well above world standard for health and medicine research

What you will study

Over an accelerated three-year podiatry course, your studies will combine comprehensive theory and more than 1,000 hours of practical experience to ensure you’re well-prepared for a successful podiatry career helping individuals of all ages. You will:

  • Learn how to identify and analyse complex health problems within podiatry practice and develop solutions to these problems.
  • Learn to work within a multidisciplinary health team to best meet patients’ health needs.
  • Undertaken rural and regional health placements at our podiatry clinics.
  • Develop critical research skills that will set you in good stead for life-long learning as a podiatrist.

You will study a range of podiatry courses including:

  • anatomy
  • physiology and biomechanics
  • podiatric theory

Advanced study options

An Honours degree in podiatry equips you with highly sought after and respected skills and knowledge, giving you a competitive advantage.

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree in health science have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries. Honours also sets the foundations of potential for further academic study, such as a PhD, or improving your chances of gaining entry into other degrees.

You can elect to study a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) if you achieve the required grade point average in a Bachelor of Podiatry or Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours), you will take with you into clinical or research positions, the ability to implement research or quality assurance procedures. You will learn skills that are applicable worldwide in the area of podiatry you choose to research.

Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) program handbook


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Our podiatry students have great employment opportunities. Within four months of graduation, 90% of our health graduates are employed full time.

Podiatrists work in a range of health environments, including:

  • private and public practices
  • general hospitals
  • rehabilitation and community health centres
  • sports clinics
  • research centres
  • consultancy

The Bachelor of Podiatry is a very specialised qualification and graduates are likely to find work in private practice or possibly hospital settings. The jobs listed below include more detailed information on the typical career paths for Podiatry graduates.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Podiatry, graduates will be eligible for registration as a Podiatrist. Areas such as Podiatric Surgery will require the completion of further study to gain qualification.

  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Podiatric Surgeon
  • Podiatrist
  • Research Scientist
  • University Lecturer/Academic

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Podiatry.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Aid Worker
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist
  • Technical Sales Representative

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

After graduating, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Podiatry Registration Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Practical experience

Practical experience

Professional placement

Podiatry students complete more than 1,000 hours of practical experience during their second and third year of studies. You will work alongside experienced podiatrists in the UON Podiatry Teaching Clinics and on external placement in rural and regional areas, gaining hands-on experience in a supervised environment and providing the Central Coast community with a valuable service.

On-campus facilities

Our state-of-the-art teaching facilities include orthoses, clinical skills and research laboratories. As a podiatry student, you will be exposed to all aspects of podiatry from manufacturing orthoses and various forms of arch supports to learning basic nail surgery skills.