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  • Gain highly sought after skills and knowledge in sports medicine, podiatric medicine and surgery, pharmacology and paediatrics.
  • Ideal for professionals working in health, sports science and biomedical science, seeking to fast-track into a new career.
  • Be in high demand with hands-on learning and clinical experience in the on-campus QUT Podiatry Clinic, followed by extensive placement throughout the course.
  • Excellent job prospects and careers in private practice, clinics, sports podiatry and rehabilitation.
QUT course code CS44
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 2.5 years full-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 July
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Health
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CRICOS code 077686F
  • Podiatrist

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Podiatrists are health practitioners who diagnose and treat a wide range of foot and related lower limb conditions. Podiatrists analyse the way people walk or run and correct foot and lower limb problems that can sometimes cause pain elsewhere in the body, such as the knees. Podiatrists can improve foot and lower limb function in many ways, including the use of specialised shoe inserts called orthotic devices to correct alignment and assist with walking difficulties. Podiatrists may use physical therapy techniques to assist with rehabilitation of sports injuries or correct some foot problems such as nail problems, using minor surgical techniques. Podiatrists also work alongside other health professionals to deliver the best overall care for a patient with chronic disease such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.

Why choose this course?

Offered on a full time basis over 2.5 years, the Bachelor of Podiatry - Graduate Entry is a smart choice for professionals working in health, sports science and biomedical science, seeking to fast-track into a new career.

Employment opportunities for podiatrists are excellent. This course was Queensland’s first degree in podiatry and offers opportunities for hands-on learning that are unique to QUT.

During this course, you will complete more than 1000 hours of clinical placement. At our on-campus podiatry clinic you will treat real patients under the supervision of registered podiatrists. You will provide specialist services in all aspects of professional practice including podiatric surgery and physical therapy. Commonly, patients present with conditions that include heel pain, running injuries, footwear problems and corrections, skin problems, and tendon and joint injuries.

Professional experience is also offered at external facilities where you can participate in biomechanics/musculoskeletal clinics, sports clinics, diabetes foot complication clinics, paediatric clinics and general podiatry clinics. You will also have the opportunity to participate in events that focus on prevention and treatment within the wider community.

Integral to the practice of podiatry is an understanding of human anatomy, biomolecular science, pharmacology, dermatology, and clinical medicine and surgery. This theoretical knowledge is supported with extensive professional placement to prepare you for transition into the workforce.

Career outcomes

Podiatrists often work with other health professionals in hospital settings, establish a private practice or complete training as a podiatric surgeon. Graduates may also build a career in paediatric podiatry, sports podiatry, forensic podiatry, community health or research.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council and graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia. Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Podiatry Association and Sports Medicine Australia.

Student registration

QUT automatically registers students enrolled in this course with the Podiatry Board of Australia in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009. Details about student registration are available from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency at

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements may have associated costs.

Note: Clinical activities begin during first semester and you are required to provide a serology report demonstrating successful Hepatitis B vaccination. The full Hepatitis B vaccination course and serology report test can take six to nine months and must be completed before commencing this course in July.  Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Blue card: You must undergo a criminal history check for working with children and be issued with a suitability card (blue card) before commencing clinical placement/practicum in an organisation where they may work with children or young people.

The processing of your application may take several months so you must submit your blue card application to HiQ as early as possible to ensure you have your card before you begin any unit that requires contact with children. There is no charge for student blue cards. Students who already have a blue card must register it with QUT.

Graduate-entry students are required to attend pre-course workshops during Orientation Week. During this compulsory 5 day on-campus program of workshops, as part of the requirements for the foundation unit CSB525 Podiatric Medicine and Clinical Practice, you’ll complete advanced podiatry studies in a wide range of areas including:

  • pharmacology
  • paediatrics
  • sports medicine
  • podiatric medicine and surgery.

Entry requirements

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Overall 7.0
Listening 6.5
Reading 6.5
Writing 6.5
Speaking 6.5

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

Additional entry requirements


A  completed recognised bachelor degree completed within the last 10 years in medical science or a health science related field such as human movement studies, nursing or biomedical science, including the completion of specified health subjects.

Applicants with degrees or equivalent completed more than 10 years ago must provide evidence of graduate work experience and/or further studies since course completion.

Working with Children Check: blue card

You will need to apply for a blue card because you will be working with children or young people as part of this course. There's no cost if you apply through QUT.

Students wishing to accept their offer must submit their blue card application forms:

  • no later than 24 May for Semester 2 entry (July entry)

Please submit your blue card application form immediately after receiving your offer. You won't be able to accept your offer and enrol if you don't submit your correctly completed blue card application form on time.

Apply for a blue card


Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.


2019: $36,000 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: $33,200 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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How to apply for Bachelor of Podiatry - Graduate Entry

You're ready to apply if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3
  2. Checked important dates
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked costs and scholarships
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Gathered supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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